Drink driver flips car after smashing into lorry on A50
A motorist more than three times over the drink-drive limit veered into the side of a truck on the A50 before her car flipped on its roof. Dashcam footage - issued by police to highlight the dangers of drink driving - shows the Vauxhall Corsa begin to swerve before hitting the lorry and sliding along the carriageway on its roof. Now the 39-year-old Corsa driver has been hit with a lengthy ban and handed a suspended jail term.
Despite the nature of the crash the woman behind the wheel emerged from the wreck with a grazed knee and some pain from the seatbelt. This week Derbyshire Police have released footage of last year's smash to raise awareness of the consequences of drink driving. The woman involved in the crash failed a roadside breath test and blew 140 - the legal limit is 35.
READ: Police warning to parents as pupils return to school in Stoke-on-Trent A later blood test showed there were 254 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, while the limit is 80. The defendant appeared at Leicester and Rutland Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to driving a vehicle while above the legal alcohol limit.
She was banned from driving for five years, placed on a daily curfew for eight weeks, and handed an eight-week jail term - suspended for 18 months. In addition the defendant was told to pay costs and a victim surcharge. This week officers released dashcam footage of the smash.
Sergeant Scott Riley of our 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." NEWSLETTER: Sign up for email alerts direct to your inbox READ NEXT:
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