A 22-year-old woman was seen carrying a young child through the centre of Wolverhampton late at night while drunk, a court was told.
But Naomi Harris denied a claim by the police officers who stopped her that the smell of alcohol on her breath was so strong it ‘stung their eyes’, the city’s magistrates court heard.
She was seen in Dudley Street with the child in her arms on the evening of July 17, Mrs Kelly Crowe, prosecuting, said.
She added: “She accepts that she was drunk while in charge of the youngster but pleads guilty on the basis that she does not accept that she was stumbling into the road. Nor does she accept that the alcohol on her breath was so strong it stung the eyes of the police officers.
“Police officers were on routine patrol in Dudley Street on the day in question when they saw the defendant carrying the child. She accepted that she was drunk but failed to comply with a request to provide a drug test sample.”
The defendant was currently receiving treatment for unspecified ‘problems’, it was said.
Harris, who had a previous conviction for being drunk and disorderly, later refused to take a test for Class A drugs after begin detained.
Mr Gurdeep Gill, defending, said: “She does not have any difficulty with Class A drugs.
“She has never taken them but she was upset at the time and that is the reason for her non-compliance with the test. She has used cannabis but does not have an addiction to substances and only uses alcohol occasionally.
“She does not drink to excess. However, she does need some form of intervention to enable her to have a more productive life in future.”
Harris, of Fowler Street, Blakenhall, admitted being drunk in charge of a young child and refusing to provide a sample for a Class A drug test while detained. She was given a 12-month community order under supervision with £145 costs.
Magistrates chairman Mrs Catherine Hazenberg told her: “The community order is designed to help you with any of the problems you are experiencing at the moment.” The costs order against Harris was made up of £85 towards the £485 cost of the prosecution and a £60 victim surcharge levied against all defendants.