Drink driving shame of charity runner

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A UNIVERSITY student who runs for charity was almost three times over the limit when she drove after going to a party.

Jenny Norcross, a single mum-of-one, was also banned from the road when she got behind the wheel and crashed into a garden wall.

The 23-year-old, of Arnot Road, Marton, admitted drink driving while disqualified.

She was banned from the road for three years, put on 12 months’ supervision and ordered to do 120 hours’ unpaid work for the community.

The judge said Norcross had flirted with custody but due to factors, including her having repaid the wall owner and her charity runs, she had avoided imprisonment.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said a woman reported a Ford Escort had crashed into her garden wall on Arnot Road at 2.25am on November 11.

Officers went to a party taking place nearby and a man there said he had given his car keys to Norcross.

David Charnley, defending, said his client rarely got to go out and socialise. Norcross was trying to better her life by taking a degree in sports development and was also a runner who took part in charity runs for cancer campaigns.