Crash motorist loses driving licence after flipping car

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A WOMAN has been banned from driving after failing to report an accident that led to her car flipping on its side.

Amy Laura Houghton, of Lindrick Park, Hetton, was driving her Vauxhall Corsa in Campbell Terrace, Easington Lane, on Friday, January 6.

The 32-year-old claimed that as she looked at her ringing mobile phone, her car rolled and crashed into a parked vehicle.

After managing to get out of her car, she walked away.

Police tracked her down 20 minutes later at an address in nearby Derwent Street.

She was arrested and taken to Houghton police station where she refused to take breath test.

Houghton was charged with driving without due care and attention, failing to report a road accident and failure to provide a specimen for analysis.

She pleaded guilty to the first two charges, but not guilty to the third.

She admitted that she had drunk a glass of wine before she got behind the wheel, but denied being over the limit.

Police doctor and GP Lehmbar Singh attended to Houghton at the station and told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court she had a 3cm graze to the left side of her temple but no other injuries.

“She had relatively superficial injures,” said Dr Singh.

Houghton said she refused to take the test as she was suffering from a headache after the crash.

Prosecutor David Medd said: “The only thing wrong with you was a minor graze.

“You made no mention of injuries.

“It was just a blatant refusal to blow into the machine.”

Mr Medd put it to Houghton several times: “You were drunk”.

Houghton replied to Mr Medd each time: “No”.

Paul MacAlinden, defending, said that Houghton, who works full-time, is “deeply distraught” over what happened.

District judge Roger Elsey found Houghton guilty of all charges.

He disqualified her from driving for a year and also fined her £200 for failing to provide a specimen of breath.

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