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Drunken mother crashed car with two friends in it while driving home from girls’ night out

Drunken mother, 32, overturned her car and left herself and two friends trapped in wreckage after deciding she was fit to drive them home after girls’ night out

Angela Heyes has been banned from the road and ordered to do unpaid work after she crashed while driving home from a night out

A drunken mother who tried to drive home from a girls’ night out crashed her 4×4 leaving herself and her two friends trapped.

Mortgage advisor Angela Heyes, 32, was more than twice the drink-drive limit when she decided to drive herself and her friends home at 2.30am on May 11 this year.

She then lost control of her Hyundai IX35 and slammed into two parked cars before her vehicle flipped onto its roof in Heywood, Greater Manchester.

It took firefighters 40 minutes to cut the trio free before Heyes was breathalysed. 

Heyes, who is the mother of young daughter, failed a roadside breath test and a subsequent reading showed she was more than twice the alcohol limit.

Luckily, none of the women were seriously injured. 

At Manchester magistrates she admitted driving with excess alcohol and was disqualified from driving for 19 months. She was also ordered to complete 70 hours of unpaid work and pay £170 in costs and surcharges. 

Describing the crash scene prosecutor Martha Dowd said: ‘The occupants of a white Hyundai had tipped onto its side and was badly damaged on the passenger side with the two female occupants still inside the car trapped and unable to get out.

‘Police described the scene as one of absolute devastation, with debris, glass, car parts and fuel strewn all over the carriage way. 

‘It took the fire brigade 40 minutes to extract the defendant and the other occupants of the car.

‘The two passengers had minor injuries and were seen to by paramedics. A road side breath test was done and the defendant was arrested but was then taken to hospital to be looked over. A blood sample was later taken.

‘Officers did not see the defendant driving but assess she must’ve been driving at some speed to flip the car onto its side. No serious injuries were incurred.’

Tests showed Heyes had 191 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The alcohol limit for driving in blood is 80mg.

In mitigation, defence lawyer Shane Parkin said: ‘This was clearly a foolish judgement in that she decided to drive after consuming alcohol. She cannot tell me or the court her reasoning.

‘There was a plan in place that her father would drive her home but that did not happen. She does not dispute the facts. She is remorseful.’



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