SHOCKING video footage has been released showing a 79-year-old drink driver smashing through a shop window into a six-year-old boy.

Released by Greater Manchester Police, the dramatic footage shows the boy picking some sweets at Landside Wine Stores on Chestnut Drive South, Leigh, as the car ploughs through a window and crashes into him.

The driver then tries to reverse, causing more of the shop to collapse on top of the car, as the boy's family frantically try to get to their son.

Miraculously the boy escaped with only cuts and bruises.

The driver Marion Smith today, Wednesday, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a sample of breath and driving without due care and attention.

She was disqualified from driving for three years, given a 50 hours community order and ordered to pay costs of £170 at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court.

Sergeant John Brennan, from GMP's road policing unit, said: “This was a horrific ordeal for the young boy and his family.

"Thankfully he is alive and well, but those terrifying moments will stay with his family forever.

“When you choose to drive a car after having a drink you are also choosing to put other people at risk.

"This family popped to the shop to buy some sweets yet found themselves caught up in somebody else’s selfish decision to drive while drunk.

“We have released this footage to reiterate the dangers of driving under the influence and the devastating impact it can have on other people.

"Please stick to none for the road if you are driving.

"And if you are having a drink, arrange alternative transport home.”

The footage has been released at the halfway mark of GMP’s month-long drink and drug drive operation, which sees extra resources working around the clock to coincide with the summer and Euro 2016 in France – a time when celebrations are running high and people may be tempted to drink and drive.

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