Twins report drink-driving mother

A judge has praised a pair of twins who called the police to report their mother's drink-driving.

Emma and Helen Cox, 21, took the action when their mother Tracey got into her car after drinking a bottle of wine.

Cox, 43, had been warned that she faced prison after earlier pleading guilty to one offence of drink-driving and another of failing to provide a specimen but was instead sentenced to a three-month suspended jail sentence at Barnsley Magistrates' Court.

The mother-of-four from Sheffield also received a three-year driving ban, was placed under a 12-month supervision requirement and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and attend a drink-impaired drivers' programme.

Sentencing Cox, District Judge Michael Rosenberg said: "You eventually pleaded guilty to the first offence after maintaining your denial right up to the court doors when, in my view, you had no credible defence whatsoever.

"You were even prepared till the last moment to allow your own daughters, your own flesh and blood, to come to give evidence against you.

"I applaud your daughters' public spiritedness in contacting and reporting it to the police."

Officers who attended the incident on April 29 found Cox to be two-and-a-half times over the legal drink-drive limit.

In mitigation, solicitor Chris Peace told the court Cox's daughters watched their mother move her car "a very short distance" outside their house but said Cox could not remember moving the vehicle.

The district judge told Cox her prison sentence would be suspended for 12 months and ordered her to pay £150 prosecution costs.

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