Published: 06:00, 20 November 2019
A Kent mum knocked back so much alcohol she vomited outside a KFC drive-thru moments after undertaking cars and "swerving erratically" onto grass verges.
Cheryl Reed then kneed a female police officer between the legs in a bid to escape arrest and later defaced her police cell wall with blood.
The 32-year-old told a court she was unable to complete unpaid work because her doctor had signed her off with depression.
But Judge Rupert Lowe told the mother-of-two she had been wasting taxpayers' cash on cannabis and should get a job to help combat her mental health problems.
Canterbury Crown Court heard how drivers were forced to take evasive action after Reed was seen driving erratically along the Old Thanet Way between Herne Bay and Whitstable on June 22.
Onlookers then spotted her being sick outside the KFC restaurant in Chestfield and called paramedics, who alerted police at about 4.30pm.
Officers discovered a half-smoked cannabis joint in Reed's car - which she denied was hers - before escorting her to Margate's QEQM Hospital with paramedics.
Reed then tried fleeing police, and as PC Nichola Beale apprehended the defendant she kneed her in the groin and repeatedly kicked at her shins.
The court was told Reed scrawled the words 'help me' in blood on her police cell wall.
Moments before, she threatened to urinate on the station floor and refused to give a breath specimen, prosecutors said.
Barrister Amy Nicholson added the Crown Prosecution Service accepted Reed "was in crisis trying to get away".
Mitigating, Niall Doherty said his client showed "shame and remorse" and her behaviour was uncharacteristic.
"You jumped in your car and drove it in a way which could be described as dangerous driving" - Judge Rupert Lowe
“She should never have got behind the wheel," he said.
"Her driving was only what could be described as erratic. She tells me now (her mental health) is in a far better place.”
Judge Lowe said: “It seems to me this lady needs to work. I appreciate that she has been in a fragile state, but what can help with that is work.
“It was a waste of money to bring the case before this court.
“How many thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money have you used up by your behaviour? Many."
The judge said Reed "behaved in an extremely foolish way" on the day of the offences on June 22 this year.
“You got very drunk, you smoked half a cannabis joint," he said.
“You were wasting your money on illegal drugs - which is not what a mother should do - and you jumped in your car and drove it in a way which could be described as dangerous driving.
“Dangerous driving can carry two years' imprisonment.”
Reed pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker, criminal damage, possessing cannabis, and failing to give a specimen at an earlier hearing.
She then requested to be sentenced at crown court.
Wearing a white shirt, Reed could be seen nodding her head as the judge recommended she worked.
"You were wasting your money on illegal drugs - which is not what a mother should do" - Judge Rupert Lowe
“You should be at work - I see you nodding,” the judge said.
However, being medically signed-off means Reed is technically unfit for unpaid work, the court heard.
Judge Lowe ordered Reed, of Pochard Crescent in Herne Bay, to complete a 12-month community order, including 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
She was also fined £300 and banned from driving for one year.
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