Sunday 17 December 2017

Ban for three-wheel drink-driver

A drink-driver who failed to realise a wheel had sheared off her car for almost three miles has been given a community service order.

Hairdresser Laura Hewlett-Conway, who was wearing pyjamas when she was apprehended by police in Solihull, was also handed a 17-month driving ban.

West Midlands Police said residents alerted officers to the 33-year-old's dangerous driving after hearing the "deafening" screeching noise made by her 03-plate Ford Ka.

Hewlett-Conway, from Ravenswood Drive, Solihull, was arrested at about 11pm on January 23 in the Shirley area of the town.

Although Hewlett-Conway claimed the missing wheel had only just fallen off the Ka, officers were able to trace a trail of "tarmac destruction" stretching for 2.7 miles.

Birmingham Magistrates' Court was told earlier this week that Hewlett-Conway failed a breath-test, giving a reading more than twice the legal limit.

Hewlett-Conway, who admitted drink-driving and driving dangerously on Monkspath Hall Road, Widney Lane and Cranmore Boulevard, was sentenced to a community order including 180 hours of unpaid work and an 18-month supervision programme.

She was also ordered to pass an extended driving test after her ban expires.

PC Tony Winter, from Solihull Police, said: "The car was making a deafening noise as it scraped its way along the road.

"One person who called police said they thought the car was dragging a wheel clamp with it.

"It's incredible she managed to drive so far without colliding with other vehicles or causing a serious accident.

"This case illustrates why we run drink-driving campaigns - alcohol seriously impairs people's judgment and reaction times, though clearly this was an extreme case."

Press Association

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