Drunk lorry driver kicked police officer after car crash in Sunderland

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A DRUNK lorry driver kicked out at police after she caused a crash.

Leanne Wild was more than three times the legal limit when she smashed her Ford Focus into another car in Sunderland on February 2.

Police on duty in Silksworth Lane spotted the accident and escorted Wild back to their car, but she lashed out after one tried to arrest her.

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and driving with excess alcohol at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said Wild was trying to get out of the police car when she was told she was under arrest.

She began swinging punches and bit the officer on the right arm, before ripping off the rubber lining of the car door.

Officers eventually placed her in handcuffs and leg restraints.

She gave a breath test reading of 110 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Susan Grey, defending, said Wild, of Brandling Street, Roker, had held a licence for 20 years and spent 12 years driving HGVs before losing her job.

She said: “She was in a long-term relationship, but over the past year that has come to an end and very traumatically for her and her entire family, her father committed suicide.

“On this occasion, she had drunk heavily the night before. On the day of the offence, she had some Guinness, which had topped up what she had the day before.

“She has been using drink to cope with her problems.”

Magistrates banned her from driving for 28 months and imposed a 12-month community order as well as £85 court costs and £75 compensation to the police officer.