A MOTHER-of-five who took two of her children on a terror drive before assaulting police and other motorists has escaped a jail sentence.
Sharon Marie Edensor, 32, who had been drinking, madly drove down the A41 Whitchurch Road in Tushingham, smashing into another car.
Her car's bonnet sprang up, causing her to crash. She had two of her children in the back at the time.
She then fell face-first into some nettles while holding one child, and then assaulted motorists who came to help her. She tried to escape from police and later assaulted an officer.
Edensor, who is due to move to Brown Knowl, Broxton, but currently lives in Elizabeth Street, Whitchurch, appeared before Chester magistrates on Wednesday.
She admitted careless driving, drink-driving, assaulting PC Steven Trow and failing to stop, all on June 24.
Edensor, who was depressed after her marriage break-up, was put on probation for 12 months, banned from driving for 18 months, fined £150 with £50 compensation and £50 costs.
Prosecuting barrister Helen Llewydd-Jones said Edensor was at Grindley Brook at 7.30pm, driving her silver Peugeot towards Tattenhall. Her Alsatian dog and two of her children were in the car.
Miss Llewydd-Jones said: 'She pulled in front of one vehicle and stalled, causing it to stop. She proceeded to zig-zag along the road in front of it.
'There was a HGV travelling towards them and she narrowly missed a collision with it.
'Her driving was erratic, she was weaving everywhere. Her tyres went on the pavement at times.
'A car was hit from behind by her. She had her bonnet raised and, further down the road, she crashed into a chevron,' she added.
Edensor got out, carrying one of her children, and was staggering around, the court heard.
'She then fell forward, still carrying the child, into a batch of nettles,' said Miss Llewydd-Jones.
'Edensor was agitated and began to hit and kick various people. She tried to get away through a hedge.
'A nurse who tried to get the child was struck by her. She frantically stood in the middle of the road trying to stop cars.
'Edensor was taken to Chester Police Station. A breath test gave a reading of 63mg. The legal limit is 35mg.
'She was obstructive and aggressive. Being taken to a cell she began to kick the PC, although he was not injured.'
Chairman of the Bench Michael Darby told Edensor she had narrowly avoided going to prison.
Martin Rogerson, defending, said: 'Her judgement was affected by drink and depression. Her husband had left her and she was driving to Tattenhall to find him.
'She has three children by her first marriage, aged 15, 12 and 10, and two aged four and two, by her second marriage.
'Edensor was at a low ebb that day, and has been suffering from depression for some time.'