Driving ban for drink-drive teen after crash in Hartlepool

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A young woman who crashed her car while over the drink-drive limit has been banned from the roads.

Frances Flanagan, 18, lost control of her 15-reg Vauxhall on a bend, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

“The accident happened at about 2am,” said Alison Howey, prosecuting.

“The defendant was driving along Mainsforth Terrace, near Newburn Bridge.

“She lost control of the car on a bend and it slid down an embankment.

“A breath test taken later at Hartlepool Police station gave a reading of 62 microgrammes of alcohol, against the legal limit of 35.”

Flanagan, of Torcross Close, Hartlepool, admitted driving with excess alcohol on August 3.

She has no previous convictions.

John Relton, defending, said in mitigation: “Ms Flanagan had drunk two glasses of wine, but thought she would be OK to drive.

“The law does allow people to drive with alcohol in their system provided it is under the legal limit.

“She is an inexperienced driver who made a bad decision.

“To her credit, it was she who called police to the scene.

“Many drivers might have taken a different course of action in these circumstances.

“The accident damage is not covered by the insurance, which means the family is already facing a large bill.

“Ms Flanagan is a student and hopes to go into child care or teaching.”

The magistrates banned Flanagan from driving for 17 months, and ordered her to pay £305 in fines and costs.