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A drug-driving mum who was told to 'go home and tell her children she might be jailed' is now behind bars

A drug-driving mum who was warned by a judge to 'go home and tell her children she might be jailed' is now behind bars.
Lettings agency worker Emily Brown, 32, was more than six times the drug-driving limit and not wearing her glasses when her VW Golf hit Stuart Crowther from behind during the evening rush hour in Oldham
A drug-driving mum who was told to 'go home and tell her children she might be jailed' is now behind barsMr Crowther, 58, was thrown over the windscreen and roof of the car and was left with serious injuries including a fractured skull after the accident last October.
Brown, a lettings agent from Royton, wept at an earlier hearing at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court as she admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drug driving.
And her laywer told the court she had not told either of her two daughters about the case, adding: “She told me that she simply won’t be able to tell them that mummy is not coming home. The impact on her children will be enormous.”
Judge Bernadette Baxter bailed Brown as she adjourned the case for a report, but told her: “I want you to face up to what you did. Sitting here crying will not help your children. You cannot just bury your head in the sand.
“You need to speak to your family and you need to tell your children what could possibly happen. The fact is that me adjourning does not give any indication on the ultimate sentence where the most likely outcome is still an immediate custodial sentence.”
Brown failed a roadside drug test for cocaine and subsequently failed a standard eye test of reading a registration plate from 20 metres away.
Minshull Street Crown court heard that in one police test she was only able to read a number plate from 13 metres away.
Brown said she had been taking cocaine 48 hours before the incident as it was the sixth anniversary of the deaths of her premature born twins and claimed she did not believe it would still be in her system.
But tests suggested she had taken the drug as little as 12 hours before the crash due to the cocaine metabolite in her system.
She claimed the accident occurred when she became distracted by her daughter attempting to turn on the car radio.
Brown, whose daughters are aged five and 13, wept as she was jailed for 12 months after she admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drug driving.
Sentencing Judge Bernadette Baxter told Brown: “I accept you did not appreciate that the drugs would still be in your system but it’s obvious to those using class A drugs recreationally that there is a risk as regards your ability to drive sometime after consuming.
“You have expressed genuine remorse, you are a valued member of staff at work and you suffer with depression, and have been self medicating with cannabis and cocaine following the death of your twin babies. I have also been told your daughter has been having problems at school.
“But you need to face your responsibilities as a mother. I am fully aware you have suffered a bereavement but you are responsible for you children and they are not responsible for your actions. There was significant risk to life by your own driving. He has suffered life changing injuries.”
The hearing was told the the incident occurred at a road junction after Brown had been out with the children and the father of one of the girls for a family meal at a restaurant.
Prosecutor Mr Simon Blakebrough said: “She was not wearing her glasses which was a requirement on her driving license and that evening at around 6.50pm Mr Crowther was cycling home from work along.
“He had just started cycling from a road junction when he was struck from behind - he was not travelling fast and he was clearly visible to oncoming drivers
“The collision caused him to be thrown onto the windscreen of the VW Golf, onto the roof of the vehicle and subsequently onto the road. The victim was was wearing reflective and clothing, his blue jacket had reflective panels on it. The bike has lights on that were illuminated.
“She had failed to have regard for obvious road users, had drugs in her system and was not wearing her glasses as instructed.’’
She genuinely believed that she was safe and she would never have driven, not just for the safety of her children but for the safety of others, if she had believed so. She simply would not do it. ‘She says her windscreen wipers were on full so it was raining at the time. She accepts that she was not wearing her glasses and was distracted by her daughter in the car.
“She called the emergency services herself and waited with him. Although there were reflective properties in his jacket his shirt and shorts the complainant was wearing were dark and he was not wearing a helmet.
“She really bitterly regrets this and not just for herself but for Mr Crowther. She has two daughters, and neither of them know about this case. She has been unable to tell them. She told me that she simply won’t be able to tell them that Mummy is not coming home. The impact on her children will be enormous.
“She says and perhaps for good reason that she never would have believed that two days later cocaine would be in the system. A combination of carelessness with the distraction of children in the car and the fact she was not wearing her glasses are the main factors in this case. She simply did not see the complainant.
“She has had serious issues of depression and this incident occurred around the anniversary of death of her twins. This will impact her family and young children. This lady never drank. She was out for dinner with her ex partner and she had not drank.”

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