Drink-driver banned after girl left hurt

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A DRINK-DRIVE motorist has been banned from driving and fined after she collided into a pedestrian school girl.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how a motorist spotted Yvonne Webster, 51, of Turner Close, Dronfield, driving eratically on Stubley Hollow and driving on a pavement before a pedestrian was struck by her jeep-style vehicle.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Mahon said: “A motorist noticed a pedestrian had been struck and she was lying on the ground and the jeep-style vehicle drove off but the witness took the registration. The 15 year-old school girl had been walking along and the next thing she remembers is being hit with force and pushed to the ground. She suffered pain to her bottom and right foot.”

Police visited Webster’s home and she claimed she had drunk lager since returning and after she was found to have exceeded the drink-drive limit she also claimed it was from drinking during the previous evening.

Katie Fowkes, defending, said: “She said she was not aware she had collided with anyone and if she had been she would have stopped. She has been distraught and has tried to convey through me her apologies to the girl and everyone involved.” Webster pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without due care and attention after the incident in October, last year. District Judge Andrew Davison fined Webster £650 and banned her from driving for 20 months with an option to take rehabilitation to reduce her ban. She was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £45 and costs of £85.