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Drink-driving mum found with blood in hair and four 'screaming' children


Heather Benson, 39, told police she fled the scene of the smash because the other driver “shouted in her face”. She was more than one-and-a-half times the drink driving limit.

Police were able to trace the mum after she collided her white Vauxhall into the Range Rover, reports Liverpool Echo.

When they turned up at the woman’s home, she answered the door with blood in her hair and “four distressed children” who “could be heard screaming”.

She was arrested and, three hours after the crash in Formby, Merseyside, returned a reading of 127 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood when the limit is 80 milligrammes.

JPs at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court banned Benson from the roads for one year, and handed her a one-year community order and must complete 15 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements.

She must also adhere to a six week curfew between 8pm and 6am and was ordered to an £85 victim surcharge and £95 in costs.

Angela Conlan, prosecuting, explained police were called to the crash at 9.30pm on September 14 last year.

She said: “The defendant’s vehicle had crashed into the passenger side of a Range Rover.”

Both cars were still in the road when police arrived and the driver of the Range Rover was present, and “told police the driver of the other vehicle fled the scene”.

But police were able track Benson down to her home as she was the registered keeper of the car.

Ms Conlan said: “An officer attends at her address and she is there with another female and four distressed children could be heard screaming in alarm.”

Police asked Benson if she was the driver to which she replied “yes” but seemed “extremely irate when answering”.

Ms Conlan added she “had some blood in her hairline” and was taken to hospital.

Benson has no previous convictions.

Georgia Maudsley, defending, explained Benson said she was “panicked” when she crashed and claimed “the other driver began shouting in her face” which is why she left the scene.

Ms Maudsley said Benson had suffered bereavements which had “significant impacts upon her” and she “accepts she turned to alcohol” instead of seeking help.

She explained Benson is now addressing her alcohol use and has “genuine remorse” for her actions.

Benson, of Formby, admitted driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol level limit and being the driver of a vehicle and failing to stop after a road accident.


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