A SERIAL drink driver who smashed into three cars after downing a bottle of wine was spared jail — because she’s a woman.
Alcoholic Victoria Parry, 30, was told by a female judge that if she had been a man ‘it would have been straight down the stairs’ to prison.
A court heard Parry 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 motorists after she crashed on the A46 near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, at 6.50pm on May 23 last year. She was nearly three times over the legal drink drive limit.
Parry, a shop manager from Stratford-upon-Avon, had two previous convictions for drink driving when she appeared at Warwick crown court yesterday.
She admitted dangerous driving and was given a three-month suspended 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.
‘But this offence was committed in May 2018 and she has not been in trouble since.
‘She has clearly got an alcohol problem. She is, whether she admits it or not, an alcoholic.’
Addressing Parry, the judge added: ‘You richly deserve an immediate custodial sentence of 18 months.
‘I want to see whether you can really address the issues rather than paying lip service.
‘If you succeed, I will not make the custody immediate. If you don’t comply, I will conclude that you are not worthy of the chance.’
The court heard Parry almost caused a major crash when she overtook into oncoming traffic before ploughing into three vehicles. An off-duty police inspector who pulled her out of the burning car noticed she smelled of alcohol and Parry told him: ‘I shouldn’t be driving.’
The court was told Parry had been banned from driving for three years in July 2015 for her second excess-alcohol offence.