Crash student was over drink driving limit

The incident happened off Weeton Road.

The incident happened off Weeton Road.

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A university student who crashed into a farmer’s field in Weeton was over the limit. when she crashed her car

Elizabeth Hall, who was on a product design course at the University of Central Lancashire, in Preston, ploughed 30 feet into a farmer’s field after her vehicle skidded off an icy road.

Hall, 21, of Mount Road, Fleetwood, who broke her back in two places, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

She was banned from the road for 12 months and fined £110 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police went to an accident off Weeton Road where Hall’s Ford Ka was found on February 26 at 10.40pm. Hall was taken to hospital and a blood test showed 99 milligrams of alcohol in her body - 80 is the limit.

Brett Chappell, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had driven from university to a friend’s where she intended staying.

She had had nothing to eat that day and at the friend’s drank two pints of cider and a quarter of a pint of beer. She later got a call from friends in Fleetwood and because she felt fine to drive agreed to meet them there.

The back roads were icy and she skidded off. Her injuries included two fractured bones in her spine. She was remorseful and embarrassed about the offence.

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