Driver blamed shoelace on crash

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A woman who crashed her car into a parked vehicle and a garden wall blamed the accident on her shoelace getting caught in one of the car pedals.

Police had no problem tracking Carrie Richardson down because her car’s bumper with the vehicle’s number plate on it was found in the middle of the road.

When officers found her and spoke to her they discovered she was over the alcohol limit. Richardson, a 33-year-old ice-cream saleswoman, of Edgeway Road, Marton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

She was banned from the road for 12 months and fined £110 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Richardson was driving a Honda Jazz on Highfield Road when she hit a parked car and wall on March 22 between 2am and 3am.

Police tracked her down and a breath test showed 54 micrograms of alcohol in her body – 35 is the limit.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had drunk some wine at a friend’s house under half-a-mile from her home.

Mr Townley said: “As she was driving home her shoelace became trapped under the pedal and she was unable to get it free or change gear.

“She had to lean down to release the lace. As she did she lost control of the car and there was a collision. She does not believe the collision was to do with the alcohol she had drunk.”