Grantham Court: Woman crashed car through A1 central reservation into on-coming traffic

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A drink driver lost control of her car on the A1, crashing through the central reservation into oncoming traffic.

Julie Atkinson, 51, of Thomson Avenue, Doncaster, admitted drink driving on the A1 on September 29 last year.

Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka said Atkinson was driving northbound at 6.15pm near Marston when she lost control of her Renault, crashed through the central reservation and collided with oncoming traffic in the southbound carriageway.

Mr Pietryka said Atkinson refused treatment at the scene despite a laceration to her head. She smelled heavily of drink and failed a roadside breathtest. She was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she gave a blood sample. The reading was 129 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrammes of alcohol.

The court heard that Atkinson had had a problem with alcohol for a number of years and could not remember anything about the collision. But she had not had a drink since the incident and had joined a support group.

Defending, Sonia Bhalla said Atkinson had been drinking with her former partner in Bury St Edmunds before driving back to Doncaster. She had drunk about half a bottle of brandy and said she felt emotionally vulnerable. She then made ‘the worst decision ever’ by driving.

Miss Bhalla said Atkinson admitted in hospital she had a drink problem and she was put on a detox programme. She said Atkinson suffered from anxiety and depression and she still suffered from the head injury caused in the A1 crash.

Miss Bhalla said this was Atkinson’s second drink driving offence within 10 years.

Magistrates disqualified Atkinson from driving for 36 months. She was fined £110 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.