Driver jailed for ramming supermarket worker and breaking her back
A woman who broke a Tesco worker's back when she drove into her in a bid to escape after trying to steal from the supermarket has been jailed.
Lucy Turner, 32, was sentenced to 38 months in prison and banned from driving for four-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving at St Albans Magistrates' Court in Hertfordshire, England.
Footage of the incident in a Tesco car park in Rickmansworth just before Christmas last year was widely shared online at the time.
Staff and shoppers watched as Turner drove on to a pavement and struck a supermarket employee, breaking her back, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
Senior CPS district crown prosecutor Peter Burt said: "Lucy Turner saw that the car park was full of people doing their Christmas shopping, and yet she drove extremely dangerously with a clear disregard for the safety of others.
"As a result, an innocent person who was among those trying to stop her getting away suffered serious injuries; injuries from which she has still not recovered."
Turner also admitted attempted theft from Tesco, driving whilst disqualified, using a motor vehicle without third party insurance, being the driver of a vehicle that failed to stop after an accident, and failing to report the accident, as well as thefts at two other supermarkets.