A drunk driver’s reversing car lifted off the ground and smashed into the window of a sheltered accommodation block after she’d ignored police calls to stop, a court heard.
Hastings Magistrates’ Court was told that 52-year-old Sue Dean, who had driven off after hitting an off-duty police officer’s car, was found to be more than four times over the drink-drive limit.
Driver given suspended prison sentence
Ms Dean of Hastings admitted drink-driving and failing to stop after an accident.
She was given a 3-year driving ban and given a 16-week suspended jail sentence and ordered to do 300 hours of community service. Dean was also ordered to pay costs of £235 and as well as an £80 victim surcharge.
Sussex Police say Dean’s Daihatsu Sirion initially hit the off-duty officer’s car in Elphinstone Road, Hastings.
Police shouted at her to stop but she had driven off and turned into nearby Baldslow Road where her vehicle struck a parked car.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said Dean had then reversed at speed, resulting in her car lifting off the ground when it hit a road sign at Baldslow Road’s junction with Sherwood Close.
It had then hit a window at a block of sheltered accommodation flats. The road traffic accidents happened on June 11.
Magistrates heard when she was breathalysed police found 150 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of Dean’s breath. The legal maximum limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas of the roads policing unit covering Sussex and Surrey said it was lucky that nobody had been injured as a result of Dean’s drink driving.
He said that although Dean must have realised how “utterly” unfit she was to drive, she had put herself and other members of the public at risk by getting behind the wheel of her car.
Chief Inspector Nicholas said Dean clearly did not have control of her car, adding that her actions could easily have resulted in her knocking down a pedestrian or causing a serious road traffic accident.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: July 14, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown