Crash driver lied to police over van ‘theft’

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A woman who was involved in an accident and then sparked a long police investigation, after falsely claiming her works van had been stolen, has avoided being sent to jail.

Jessica Tunstall prompted a considerable amount of police time to be spent investigating a “theft” with statements taken, CCTV viewed and house-to-house inquiries made.

A court was told she had panicked and acted out of character.

The 31-year-old, of Alconbury Crescent, Cleveleys, was given a suspended sentence order by a judge.

Tunstall pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to a charge of perverting the course of justice and a second offence of failing to stop after an accident.

On July 27 last year, she made a false statement to police that a company vehicle – a Renault Kangoo – had been stolen from outside her home the day before.

The failing to stop offence related to an accident on Norbreck Road, where damage was caused to another vehicle. The accident took place in the early hours.