A SOUTHAMPTON woman lashed out at a police officer after being pulled over for drink-driving.

Jodi McLaughlin was more than double the drink-drive limit when she was stopped on Bursledon Road in Southampton on April 14.

The full-time mother of four had 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

McLaughlin, 26, appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Friday where she pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without insurance, driving without a valid license and assaulting an officer.

The court heard how officer Kayleigh Richardson was on patrol when a silver Citroen caught her eye near the junction of Bursledon Road and Kathleen Road.

She recognised the driver as McLaughlin and seeing the car “swerve” in the road “activated her blue lights”.

When asked to provide details she claimed to be a “Miss Smith” - she was driving uninsured and without a valid license.

McLaughlin “smelled of alcohol” and her “speech was slurred”.

She kept asking to go home and to go to the toilet but was put in the back of the patrol car.

However, she climbed over the centre console and ran down Kathleen Road.

Richardson gave chase but Mclaughlin “kicked out at her” multiple times.

The police officer was left with bruising on her arms.

An impact statement said how McLaughlin had shown no respect for the police and put multiple lives at risk.

The officer was worried she had been “potentially infected” with coronavirus and would put the lives of her own family in danger.

In mitigation, it was said McLaughlin is not supported financially by her former partner to look after her children and that she struggles.

She was given a 16-week curfew and must stay at home between 7pm and 6am every day.

She was ordered to pay £200 in compensation and £85 in court costs and will be disqualified from driving until February 25, 2022.