Driver hit police car after drinking cider

A 20-year-old driver, who admitted to drinking cider before veering onto the offside of the road and hitting a police car, then drove off without stopping, a court has been told.
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Megan Stocks of Beacon Way, Skegness, admitted driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop after an accident when she appeared at Boston Magistrates Court, She was told that if anyone had been injured she might have been ‘looking at a prison sentence’.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said that in the early evening of November 3, Stocks drove over the central reservation on Drummond Road into the wrong lane and hit the back of a police car travelling in the opposite direction and then drove off without stopping.

He said officers found her car, a Citroen C1, in the car park of the Royal Hotel and found her after a search and she was arrested..

She gave a positive breath test with a reading of 65 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

Mr Clare said Stocks told police she had been out with her sister and had been drinking cider but they had had an argument and she had driven off.

She said she had not realised it was a police car she had hit but panicked and drove away as she wanted to speak to her sister.

Tony Cunningham, mitigating, said Stocks was a carer and had acted ‘completely out of character’. Banning her from driving for 20 months, District Judge Peter Veits told her she had ‘clearly made a bad decision’ and that if she had injured someone, she ‘might have been looking at prison’.

Stocks was also fined £300 and ordered to pay £115 in costs and charges but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course which will reduce the period of the ban by 20 weeks.