A FORMER drug addict mother caught driving while disqualified for the fourth time has been warned she could be jailed.
Samantha Davy, 26, was seen by police officers driving an uninsured Fiat Punto in Uttoxeter at 1.30am on October 20.
Davy was recognised by the officers having already been prosecuted three times for driving while disqualified.
Zoe Speake, prosecuting at Burton Magistrates’ Court, said: “The defendant is back before the courts again for driving offences. She was driving whilst disqualified and without insurance.
“She knew full well that she shouldn’t have been driving but she told officers that her son had been taken into hospital and she needed to get there quickly.
“She was arrested and said repeatedly throughout the interview that she had been stupid and foolish.
“She kept telling the police that she knew she would be sent to prison again for her latest driving offence.”
Michael Whetton, defending, said his client was trying to sort her life out after escaping an abusive relationship and battling with a severe heroin addiction.
He told the hearing: “Her record is concerning, especially with the number of driving offences it has on it.
“Her offending mainly took place in 2010 when she was leading a very dysfunctional lifestyle on drugs and in an awful relationship. She is now on methadone trying to wean herself of the drugs, and has got a job and new boyfriend.
“She has served prison sentences before and it petrifies her the thought of going back. I ask that an updated report is prepared before sentencing.” Davy, of Valley View Walk, Rocester, pleaded guilty to the charges and was ordered to reappear before the court at 10am on November 22.
She was released on unconditional bail.
Magistrate, Linda Cook, told her: “Your driving and previous convictions records are appalling. It seems you just can’t help but break the law.
“Only you can help yourself — no-one else. This is very serious as you have been caught for a fourth time.
“We are prepared for another report to be compiled, but I warn you that this latest offence could pass the custody threshold.”