A serial drink driver who smashed into three cars after downing a bottle of wine was spared jail by a judge because she is a woman.
Victoria Parry, 30, was told by a woman judge at Warwick Crown Court that if she had been a man ‘it would have been straight down the stairs’ to prison.
The court heard the alcoholic was driving her Fiat Stilo when she ploughed into three vehicles before crashing into a ditch where her car burst into flames.
She was dragged from the burning wreck by other drivers after she crashed on the A46 near Stratford-upon-Avon on May 23 last year shortly before 7pm.
Parry, a shop manager who lives in a £235,000 home near Stratford-upon-Avon with her grandparents and has no children, already had two previous convictions for drink driving when she appeared at court yesterday.
Parry had 102mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – almost three times the legal limit of 35mcg. She admitted dangerous driving and was given a deferred sentence.
Judge Sarah Buckingham said: ‘If Miss Parry was a man, there is no question it would have been straight down the stairs, because this is a shocking case of dangerous driving against a background of two previous convictions for excess alcohol.