Double vodkas before crash

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A HAIRDRESSER took her best friend’s car after drinking and crashed it into another vehicle on a car park.

Natasha Howarth later gave herself up to police saying she had drunk wine and three double vodkas before driving, but when breathalised she was under the limit.

Howarth, 20, of Mornington Road, Lytham, pleaded guilty to the aggravated taking of a Peugeot, driving without insurance and not in accordance with her learner’s licence and failing to stop after an accident.

She was ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work for the community, fined £100 with £95 compensation and £85 costs and banned from the road for 12 months.

Chairman, Graham Benson, told her: “These are serious offences. There was a risk to life, not only your own.”

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said Howarth’s best friend gave her the keys to her car and said to sit in the vehicle until the friend finished her work at a Lytham pub on July 7 at about 1am.

A man saw the car bunny-hopping along and then set off. Howarth crashed the car into another vehicle on the Pleasant Street car park, Lytham.

The prosecutor added: “Four-and-a-half hours later she went to a police station. When breathalised she was under the limit. She admitted to police she had drunk wine and three double vodkas before driving.”

Hugh Pond, defending, said Howarth, who had no previous convictions, told her friend she had crashed her car just after the collision.

Howarth was deeply ashamed of what she had done.

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