Woman blames fluffy slippers for car crash

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

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AN INTOXICATED woman crashed her boyfriend’s car into a wall because she was wearing large slippers and was unable to apply the brakes.

Blackpool magistrates were told how Sophie Lawler-Dickens, 20, of St Annes Road, South Shore, had been listening to a CD in the parked car when the power cut out.

She turned the ignition key to restore power and the car lurched forward but, instead of bringing the car to a stop by using the brake, her foot also touched the accelerator because her slippers were too big.

The part-time bar worker admitted the aggravated taking of a Saxo, driving with excess alcohol without insurance and not driving in accordance with her learner’s licence.

She was sentenced to an 18-hour attendance centre order, banned from the road for 17 months, fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 costs plus the £15 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor Sandra Ardern said police had breath tested the defendant on October 15 and discovered she had 85 micrograms of alcohol in her system, more than double the 35 micrograms legal limit.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had been drinking wine with friends at her home and went out to her boyfriend’s car to listen to a CD.

He said: “When the power cut out she turned the ignition key to restore it.

“She was in her night attire, her pyjamas, and big fluffy slippers.

“She did not realise the car was in gear and it lurched forward. She tried to hit the brake, but because of her footwear hit the accelerator as well. It was a silly mistake.”