Heartache triggered drink-drive collision in Pleasley

sp56888'Chesterfield Magistrates Court
sp56888'Chesterfield Magistrates Court

A heartbroken motorist crashed into a parked car as she drove to her ex-partner’s home while she was more than twice over the legal drink-drive limit.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, June 22, how Lisa Bellenger, 43, took her son’s car without his permission and crashed it on Naples Crescent, at Pleasley.

Prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said: “Bellenger’s heart ruled her head and she has lost her good character as a result.

“She had a break-up of a relationship and decided after drinking two bottles of wine with someone to take the car in the early hours and collided with a parked vehicle.

“Police were called after witnesses saw the incident and someone took the car keys from her and she was breath-tested which proved positive for drink-driving.”

Yoga instructor Bellenger told police she had been drinking after a break-up and she was heartbroken and she had taken her son’s car in a moment of stupidity.

The defendant, of Newgate Lane, Mansfield, pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving without insurance and exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit after the incident on May 28.

Mr Shaw confirmed Bellenger was more than twice over the legal drink-drive limit.

The probation service said Bellenger had been having a difficult time after a break-up and she had been suffering from a bereavement.

Bellenger had bought two bottles of wine and started sending texts to her ex, according to the probation service, and then she decided to drive to his home. Magistrates sentenced Bellenger to a 12 month community order with 140 hours of unpaid work. She was disqualified from driving for 20 months and must pay £85 costs, a £150 court charge and a £60 victim surcharge.