Pewsey drink-driver who hit six teenagers banned for 40 months
A Pewsey woman has been disqualified from driving for more than three years after colliding with six students while under the influence of alcohol.
The 15- and 16-year-old students, who were on foot, were treated for cuts and bruises, and saved from more serious injury by the backpacks they were wearing.
Caroline Wells (61) of Woodborough, was sentenced to nine weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, given a community order, and ordered to participate in a drink impaired drivers course.
She was also disqualified from driving for a period of 40 months, put under the supervision of the probation service for a rehabilitation period of 18 months, and ordered to pay costs of £85 to the CPS, £80 Victim Support Charge, and £150 Criminal Court Charge.
Swindon magistrates heard that on June 19 this year Wells was driving an Audi S3 in Alton Road, Wilcot when she collided with the students from behind.
Wells failed to provide a sample of breath at the scene of the incident and was arrested and taken to Gablecross Police Station in Swindon.
She failed to provide a sample for the second time and a procedure to test her urine was carried out. The results of this test showed that she was twice over the limit.
The vehicle she was driving had a mascot bolted to the bonnet, which was deemed an aggravating factor in the collision.
PC Phil Tatem of the Roads Policing Unit, Tri-Force Specialist Operations, said: “It is a miracle that none of the students, who were all aged between 15 and 16, were seriously injured, saved in part by the fact they were all wearing backpacks, which prevented any serious injury. Those that were injured suffered cuts and bruises and were seen to at the scene by paramedics.
“The Audi Wells was driving had a silver mascot bolted to the bonnet. Ornaments such as this can be dangerous and it was very fortunate that this did not cause serious injuries to those struck by the car.”