A Waikato woman driving drunk with a toddler in her lap nearly crashed into a police patrol car.
Tahi Mary Mahu, 34, of Ngaruawahia, didn’t have a valid driver licence, either.
She pleaded guilty before Judge Simon Menzies at the Huntly District Court on Thursday morning on four charges: ill treatment or neglect of a child, driving in a dangerous manner, driving without the appropriate licence, and driving with excess breath alcohol.
They relate to a Sunday afternoon when she was caught drunk with her three-year-old son, who was unrestrained on her lap and gripping the wheel.
Driving drunk is bad.
Driving drunk with a child in the car is worse.
Driving drunk with the child sitting on your lap is child abuse.