No jail for mother who blew six times over legal limit with toddler in car

  • 05/12/2017

A judge has overturned the jail term of a drink-driving Australian mother, who crashed her car with her one-year-old aboard.

Thirty-four-year-old Renee Codd appealed her jail term and had it overturned on Monday, despite two previous drink-driving incidents.

Codd instead received a one-year community corrections order and had her licence disqualified for four years, reports 7 News.

"I am not going to lecture you," Judge Patricia Riddel told Codd. "You've realised the low ebb that you hit."

Renee Codd was originally jailed for 45 days in September, after crashing her car in Sunbury, Victoria, with her infant son in the back seat. When tested by police, she blew almost six times over the limit.

Her lawyer told the County Court that her client was an intelligent woman with a Master's degree in speech pathology, but suffered from alcoholism and a chronic anxiety disorder.

Despite Cobb's high blood-alcohol reading, she told police she had consumed just two glasses of wine.

Codd left court in tears, with a simple message about her irresponsible driving: "I'm sorry."