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Cocaine driving mum said she couldn’t be bothered to take drug test

A mobile hairdresser caught driving after taking drugs told police officers “couldn’t be a****” to take a roadside test.

Single mum Holly Woods, 33, previously avoided a jail term after transporting £2,600 worth of cocaine and heroin across the country.

Woods stated that she hid the drugs in a bag on her little girl’s car seat in order to pay off a debt owed to her dealer, reports Liverpool Echo.

A judge agreed to suspend her jail sentence in September 2020 “only because” of her five-year-old child.

A second judge told her that she belonged behind bars, but again spared her jail after she skipped unpaid work sessions.

Now a third judge has given Woods a final opportunity – because jailing her might mean her child going into care.

Police spotted her “erratic” driving in a white Audi Q3 on Woolton Road, Wavertree, at around 10.15pm, on April 26 this year.

Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that officers who stopped the car – containing three passengers – “could smell cannabis immediately”.

He said: “The defendant’s behaviour was described as erratic and confrontational and she was struggling to follow simple instructions.

“She ended up passing the test for alcohol, but returned a positive indication for cocaine.”

A blood sample later taken at a police station showed Woods had 94mg of “cocaine breakdown product” benzoylecgonine per litre of blood. The legal limit is 50mg.

Holly Woods walked free from court because of her five-year-old daughter

Woods, of Grange Lane, Gateacre, admitted drug driving and being in breach of her suspended sentence, imposed on November 6, 2020.

That was for possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply in a Ford Fiesta on the A591 to Kendal on December 27, 2019.

Woods, who admitted making two previous drug runs to Kendal, said she had “lost her moral compass” after bingeing on cocaine and booze, then was exploited by dealers.

On that occasion, defence lawyers said her former partner could care for their daughter if she was jailed, but the child would suffer by her absence.

Judge Nicholas Barker gave her two years in prison, suspended for two years, with 180 hours of unpaid work and a six-month home curfew.

In November 2020, for skipping four unpaid work sessions and once breaching her curfew, she was fined £500.

Judge Thomas Teague, QC, commented she was “incredibly lucky” to have avoided jail for drug running and said: “Most women would be in Styal women’s prison by now.”

However, he said only because it was at a “relatively early stage” of the order he would spare her jail again.

Holly Elizabeth Woods was handed a two-year jail term, suspended for two years
Holly Elizabeth Woods was handed a two-year jail term, suspended for two years

John Weate, defending, said drug driving by itself would not usually carry a prison sentence.

The lawyer, who said there was the suggestion of an element of “excessive speed” by his client, said she had taken cocaine on an earlier date and “had not consumed cocaine and then simply gone out and driven”.

Mr Weate said Woods made sure she got “clean” after her last conviction, but “foolishly on the occasion of a friend’s birthday party” had taken cocaine again, but had not done since.

He said she had completed her previous curfew, despite a breach when her car broke down, for which she received a fine that was taken out of her benefits.

Mr Weate said she was the “sole carer” for her now six-year-old daughter, which she “juggles” with her hairdressing job.

He said: “She is at a crossroads. She is a young lady with a lot going for her. She is a young mum. She is desperately remorseful for the fact she finds herself in this position.

“She is not feeling sorry for herself, because she knows she has put herself in this position.”

He said Woods’ family lived in Spain and while her child’s dad saw their daughter twice a week, he did not stay over.

Mr Weate said: “She is very concerned the loss of her liberty will result in the local authority having to step in to at least make some arrangements.”

He said a “very close friend” sitting in the public gallery would make “whatever arrangements need to be made”.

The judge, Recorder Corbett-Jones, asked what arrangements had been made.

Mr Weate said: “The position is the defendant has made arrangements only for collection from school today.

“There would then have to be a referral to the local authority if she was to lose her liberty, certainly if not today, in the next few days.”

Recorder Corbett-Jones criticised Woods behaviour when an officer asked her to do roadside drink and drug tests.

He said: “Your response to him was what’s described as dismissive, telling him that you ‘couldn’t be arsed with this’ and that you wanted to go home.

“You were told to remain and you did then cooperate, but the fact that you behaved in such a confrontational manner towards that officer, when you knew you were the subject of a suspended sentence of imprisonment for dealing in cocaine, is deeply unimpressive.”

Holly Woods admitted drug driving
Holly Woods admitted drug driving

The judge said Woods was assessed by the Probation Service as “a low risk of reoffending” and “realistic prospect of rehabilitation”.

He said she had completed her last curfew and a “substantial” amount of unpaid work, while character references revealed her “other side”.

Woods cried as Recorder Corbett-Jones said: “What weighs most heavily on me is the impact it would have, of me sending you into custody, on your six-year-old child, who is expecting her mother to come home this evening.

“There is, on the basis of everything I have read, a real risk that she would find herself placed within the care of the local authority.”

He added: “For that reason, I’ve decided I’m not going to do that. You must understand there will not be another opportunity.”

Woods sobbed as he handed her a 12-month community order, with a four-month home curfew, between 8pm and 6am daily, and a 15-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

He banned her from driving for 12 months and warned: “You’ve come as close as you possibly could have done to going to custody today and you won’t have another opportunity.”

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