Drunk bar worker drove with no wheel for 6 miles on motorway after boozed crash

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    A woman got drunk at work before crashing her car and going on to drive six miles with a wheel missing.

    Bar worker Jenni Smyth, 26, got tanked up on Smirnoff Ice and Jägerbombs during a shift in a nightclub and thought it was a good idea to get in the driver's seat, despite being convicted for drink driving three years ago.

    Appearing at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday, October 18), Smyth was slapped with another driving ban and a suspended prison sentence for dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and drink driving.

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    The "hard-working and intelligent" woman from New Hey Road in Woodchurch, Wirral, was spared jail due to the "untold effect" the murders of both her dad and uncle had on her as a child.

    Liverpool Crown Court heard a disabled resident of New Hey Road in Woodchurch, Wirral, was "woken by a loud crash" at 5.30am on February 27 this year. The woman looked outside to find a small grey car had smashed into her vehicle and "shunted it up the road".

    Joanne Moore, prosecuting, described how the defendant's vehicle "became stuck inside her car", but she reversed out and drove away from scene and onto the M53.

    At around 6.30am, an off-duty police officer spotted Smyth turning right onto Woodstock Road in Liscard from Mill Lane and described how "sparks were coming from" the motor, which had suffered "extensive damage".

    She was "surprised the vehicle was capable of being driven at all" and reported the incident upon her arrival at work.

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    Her colleagues attended and found the offending car parked in a bus lane with its front bumper and front off-side wheel missing. Drag marks leading from the motorway were also noted.

    The police attended Smyth's home on the same street and were told by her sister the motorist was not home but her mum said her daughter was asleep in her bedroom.

    They noted she "smelled of alcohol and was slurring her words", and had a bump on her head – which she said had happened when she "banged it on her sister's door".

    Smyth was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital, where the officers overheard her confessing to staff that she had actually banged it on the steering wheel when she crashed her car.

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    When breathalysed the driver was found to have 60micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35.

    Under interview, she confessed she had drank two Smirnoff Ice and two Jägerbombs while working at the Beach nightclub in Birkenhead that night.

    Smyth had then dropped her friends home in the Woodchurch area and claimed to have no recollection of the collision.

    She was previously banned from driving for a year and fined £280 in November 2019 after being convicted of drink driving, having performed a three-point turn into oncoming traffic after spotting police officers who had stopped another vehicle and blowing over the limit.

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    John Weate, defending, told the court his client's dad was shot and killed when she was aged seven and her uncle was later stabbed to death. He said this had "had an untold effect on her life".

    Mr Weate added: "She is hard-working, intelligent, well thought of and caring."

    Smyth admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and drink driving. She was handed a three-month imprisonment suspended for 18 months and banned from driving for three years.

    She was also handed a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 25 days and was told she must pass an extended retest and pay a victim surcharge.


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