Jail for woman who fled crash

Tracy Wilson, 48, of no fixed address, has been jailed for nine months after allowing herself to be carried in a vehicle taken without consent and also breaching a suspended sentence

Tracy Wilson, 48, of no fixed address, has been jailed for nine months after allowing herself to be carried in a vehicle taken without consent and also breaching a suspended sentence

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A WOMAN who fled the scene of a car crash has been jailed.

Tracey Wilson disappeared from the accident on London Road, Blackpool, but had been spotted by a woman who knew her from school.

The 48-year-old, of no fixed address, was the front seat passenger in a Ford Escort, which had been taken from Charles Street, when it hit a Vauxhall Astra.

Preston Crown Court heard it was a “miracle nobody was hurt” in the crash.

Wilson admitted allowing herself to be carried in a vehicle taken without consent and also breaching a suspended sentence.

She was jailed for nine months by a judge who highlighted “the seriousness of the offence”.

The court heard the Escort was taken on June 17.

Roger Baldwin, prosecuting, said it was driven away from a spot on Charles Street, but soon afterwards, the car collided with a Vauxhall Astra parked on nearby London Road.

The driver of the Escort was given a suspended sentence. But the court heard Wilson disappeared from the scene.

The following day she turned up at a friend’s home and seemed “in a bad way”.

She went to sleep there and when her friend was unable to rouse her, an ambulance was called. Wilson was then in hospital for eight days.

She later told police in a prepared statement she had no recollection of being in the Escort car, but if she had been, there may have been an innocent explanation for it.

Sarah Booth, defending, said the car had been driven literally round the corner before it crashed.

She said: “It’s a miracle

nobody was hurt, not only anybody else, but the two people in the vehicle”.

She added the defendant had failed to comply with the terms of her suspended sentence after feeling “vilified”.

Wilson’s nine month sentence included five months activated for breaking the suspended sentence. She was also banned from driving for 12 months.

Judge Jonathan Gibson told Wilson: “The sentence must be an immediate custodial one, partly because of the seriousness of the offence, but principally, because you are in breach of a suspended sentence and you have failed to comply with its terms.”