Serial drink driver, 30, who was twice limit when pulled from horror crash is spared jail ‘because she’s a WOMAN’
- Victoria Parry smashed into three parked cars after drinking a bottle of wine
- The 30-year-old was almost three times the legal limit when caught by police
- Judge said if she’d been a man ‘it would have been straight down the stairs’ to jail
Published: 08:48 EDT, 8 July 2019 | Updated: 09:41 EDT, 8 July 2019
A serial drink driver who smashed into three cars after knocking back a bottle of wine has been spared jail because she’s a woman.
Victoria Parry, 30, from Stratford-upon-Avon,was told by a female judge that there was ‘no question’ she ‘would have been straight down the stairs’ to prison if she had been a man.
Instead Parry was handed a suspended sentence and given a driving ban today – despite two previous convictions for offences involving excess alcohol.
Judge Sarah Buckingham – who sentenced her today – previously sparked outrage when she gave her a second chance on account of her gender.
She told the court in April before adjourning for pre-sentence reports: ‘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.’
The drink driver was dragged from the flaming wreck by other drivers on the A46 near Stratford-upon-Avon at around 6.50pm on May 23 last year.
Victoria Parry, 30, was told by a female judge Sarah Buckingham that there was ‘no question’ she ‘would have been straight down the stairs’ to prison if she had been a man
A breathalyser test showed she had 102 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – almost three times the legal limit of 35mcg.
Parry, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was handed an 18-month suspended sentence and banned from driving for 24 months at Birmingham Crown Court.
When she was arrested she took a breath test at the police station almost two hours later and was still well over the legal limit.
Prosecutor Tim Sapwell said: ‘Her driving was such that she caught the rear bumper of a van, and she next hit the wing mirror of a Vauxhall Insignia, and then the side of a BMW very heavily.
‘She hit it with such force that the BMW’s rear wheel was knocked off and the car was written off.
‘It caused her Fiat to spin in the road and go down the embankment into a wooded area where it caught fire.’
The court heard Parry had been banned from driving for three years in July 2015 for her second excess alcohol offence.
Road safety charity Brake slammed the judge for letting Parry off with a slap on the wrist.
A spokesperson said: ‘Dangerous driving is a daily menace on our roads. When drivers take illegal and selfish actions such as drink driving, they knowingly put lives in danger. Repeat offenders are the most dangerous on our roads.
‘They must be dealt with severely so that they no longer pose a threat to other road users and making it clear that this kind of dangerous behaviour by any driver will not be tolerated.’