Drink-driver deliberately crashed car

Highfield Road. Image: Google
Highfield Road. Image: Google
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A woman decided she was going to harm herself and crashed into a telegraph pole and wall, a judge was told.

Jessica Thomas, who was over the alcohol limit at the time, told police she had deliberately turned 
her wheel to steer into the pole.

Thomas, 28, of Beardshaw Avenue, Marton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

She apologised to the court and said what she had done was “out of character” and a result of depression.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Thomas was driving a Peugeot 206 when she collided with a telegraph pole and wall on Highfield Road on August 17, at 2.30am.

She walked away from the accident scene and was found and brought back by paramedics.

A breath test showed 64 microgrammes of alcohol in her body – 35 is the limit.

Thomas told police, she was suffering from depression and she had drunk six or seven glasses of wine.

She went to her boyfriend’s but he did not want to speak to her.

The prosecutor added: “She said she made a decision to self-harm and turned the wheel and crashed into the telegraph pole.”

Thomas, who had no previous convictions, told the judge: “I’m sorry. What I did was totally out of character. I have done nothing like that before.”

Thomas was banned from the road for 18 months, fined £150 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Margaret McCormack, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.