Drunk mum left kids home alone – and ended up smeared in grease in police chase

A mum who left her kids alone so she could drive a mate home, even though she was over the legal limit, tried to give police the slip by covering herself in grease.

Magen Hendry left her front door ajar when she left her home in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, at around 3am on October 25, 2019.

Her children – one of primary school age and the other a little younger – are believed to have been asleep when she left.

Teesside Crown Court has heard how police spotted Hendry's black Audi A9 being driven dangerously.

Prosecutor Uzma Khan said that the car had no lights on and was seen going through two sets of red lights.

Ms Khan said that police following Hendry lost sight of her Audi, before it was picked up by CCTV abandoned in a car park on Durham Road. Hendry was then spotted crouching behind a nearby wall.

She had covered herself in some sort of grease – thought to be anti-vandal grease – in a bid to hide from police and her bare feet were bleeding, reports Teesside Live.

Ms Khan told the court that Hendry made a run for it, but was arrested after a short chase. She told officers that she had been decorating at home with a friend, when she agreed to give her a lift home, adding: "I wouldn't say it was dangerous driving but by the time I went through the red lights it was too late to stop."

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When Hendy was taken into custody by police she confessed she had left her children unattended at home.

Police found Hendry's eldest child at home crying for her mother. "She had woken up, realised that her mother was not present. She'd got upset, she was crying and when the police arrived the youngest child was also crying," Ms Khan added.

Hendry, of Pottery Wharf in Thornaby, pleaded guilty to two counts of child neglect and one count of dangerous driving.

Tabitha Buck, defending, said that social services had been involved since the incident and that a probation report found that Hendry had resorted to alcohol to cope with a crisis in her life.

Judge Howard Crowson told Hendry that she had been "careless about the welfare of your children and of other drivers on the road." He handed her a two-year supervision order and an 18-month driving ban.

Hendry told the judge that there is no school bus and that a taxi to get her children to school was £7 each way. But the judge warned her that if she drove whilst banned, she could end up with a prison sentence.

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