The driver of a Vauxhall Corsa collided with a lorry on a busy Derbyshire road after being three times above the limit. The 39-year-old woman was travelling eastbond along the A50 near Findern when the incident happened.
Footage released by Derbyshire police shows the woman, attempting to overtake the lorry, and beginning to swerve. She then loses control of the car and it collides with the HGV, resulting in her car being flipped on its roof.
The woman, who is from Leicestershire, escaped with a grazed knee and some pain from her seatbelt. She was helped by other motorists who stopped at the scene to come to her aid.
She then failed her roadside breath test and blew 140, which is three times above the limit of 35. Derbyshire police has said the incident could have been fatal, and at worst, could have killed herself or someone else.
Sergeant Scott Riley of Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit said: “This collision could have easily had fatal consequences, for the driver or for others. It also has a huge impact on the families of those affected. Please think, is it really worth putting yourself or others in danger for the sake of a drink?
“Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive, and while the summer might be coming to an end, we will be continuing to target those who choose to ignore our advice and get behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs.”
She was charged with driving a vehicle while above the alcohol limit, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced at Leicester and Rutland Magistrates Court on Monday, June 6 2022 to eight weeks in prison, which was suspended for 18 months.
The 39-year-old has also been disqualified from driving for five years, was placed on a daily curfew for eight weeks, and has been ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge. Derbyshire police urge anyone concerned about their drinking, or the drinking habits of a friend or family member to visit Drinkaware.co.uk, for useful advice or support. The incident happened on June 19, 2021.
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