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Drunk woman avoids jail for reversing car at speed into flats

Drunk: The woman was four times over the limit
Drunk: The woman was four times over the limit

A woman has escaped a jail sentence after she launched hercar in to the air reversing at speed while four times the drink-drive limit, and crashed into the window of a sheltered accommodation block of flats.

Sue Dean, 52, has been given a suspended prison sentence and banned from driving after she lost control of her Daihatsu Sirion car and crashed into the building in Hastings, East Sussex.

Police say it is fortunate that no-one was hurt in the incident on June 11.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Dean had first driven in to an off-duty police officer's car in nearby Elphinstone Road. The officers shouted at her to stop but instead she drove off.

"Dean turned into Baldslow Road, hit a parked car and then reversed at such speed that when she hit a road sign at the junction with Sherwood Close her Daihatsu lifted off the ground and smashed in to the window of a block of sheltered accommodation."

When police breathalysed her, Dean had 150 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - more than four times the 35 microgrammes legal limit.

Dean, of Hurrell Road, Hastings, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and failing to stop after an accident when she appeared at Hastings Magistrates' Court on July 1.

She was banned from driving for three years and given a 16-week suspended prison sentence. She was also ordered to do 300 hours of community service and to pay £235 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, of Sussex and Surrey roads policing unit, said: "It was very lucky that no one was hurt because of the driving of Dean.

"She must have known how utterly unfit to drive she was but still took the decision to put herself and everyone else on the roads in danger by getting behind the wheel.

"She could have easily caused a serious crash or knocked down a pedestrian as she clearly had no control of her vehicle."