Drunken mum fled crash site

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A WIGAN mum, who ploughed a van into a wall while drunk before fleeing the scene, has been banned from driving for three years.

Joanne Dootson, of Beverley Road, Kitt Green, crashed the white Transit van in Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, at around 1.30am on November 14.

She ran off with Karl Pennington, who was a passenger in the vehicle, before the pair were traced by a police helicopter. They were found in the back garden of a property in Carlisle Street, Pemberton, and arrested.

Pennington, of Scot Lane, Wigan, refused to provide a sample to police to test his alcohol level.

He was later taken to hospital after suffering injuries in the van collision.

Dootson, a care assistant at Alexander Court Care Home, in Pemberton, admitted to police she had been drinking before getting into the van to drive home. Tests found she was almost two and a half times over the legal alcohol limit after crashing the van.

Mike Ardern, prosecuting, told the hearing at Wigan Magistrates’ Court that the crash had caused damage to a wall and two other vehicles.

Dootson, 28, pleaded guilty to five charges including drink driving, failing to stop after a road accident, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and failing to report a road accident.

Pennington, 33, pleaded guilty to failing to provide specimen for analysis.

Ged Fraser, defending, told the court Dootson was a single mother supporting two young children and had no previous convictions.

Mr Fraser said: “She is extremely remorseful and acknowledges she was stupid to get into a vehicle while drunk.”

He added that Pennington, a self-employed roofer, had refused to provide a sample to police because he believed Dootson had already admitted she was the driver of the vehicle.

Magistrates banned Dootson from driving for three years and ordered her to pay £450 in fines and costs. Pennington was given a 12-month driving disqualification and told to pay £350.