See how teenage mum raced from police before being arrested when she crashed into Sunderland roundabout

A teenage mum could be jailed after speeding from police while over the limit and crashing on a roundabout after hitting 70mph during a minute of “shambolic” driving.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 7:00 am

Bethany Anderson, 19, put her foot to the floor of her Audi A1 in defiance of orders to pull over near Sunderland’s Queen Alexandra Bridge at 8.30pm.

She sped off west onto the 50mph Wessington Way dual carriageway and embarked on a pursuit which saw her jump a red light and swerve between lanes.

Anderson, of Cheltenham Road, Hylton Castle, only stopped when she lost control on the Wessington Way and Colima Avenue roundabout, a court heard.

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Bethany Anderson raced from police when requested to stop

Even then, she heavily revved the engine, forcing police who smelled booze to grab her car keys, prosecutor Rob Lawson said.

After hearing the case, magistrates in South Tyneside declined jurisdiction and sent Anderson to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court.

She faces a maximum two-year jail term after admitting drink-driving and danger driving on Thursday, July 16.

Mr Lawson said: “Officers on mobile patrol were flagged down by a bus driver about the driver of a red Audi.

“They followed onto Wessington Way, towards the A19, putting on their lights and siren but she didn’t stop.

“She came to traffic lights and accelerated away through red lights and drove at 70mph, swerving between lanes.

“When she approached the roundabout, she collided with the roundabout and skidded to a stop.

“The officers approached her vehicle, and she revved the engine wildly. They took the keys and could smell alcohol.”

A breath test showed 72mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, against a legal limit of 35mcgs.

Tom Morgan, defending, urged magistrates to retain powers of sentencing, but admitted: “It’s shambolic driving.

“I would suggest it’s a relatively short incident of bad driving on a dual carriageway at 8.30pm, it’s not flooded with people.

“She is a single mum who put herself through college and has worked almost permanently since leaving.

“She panicked, she was scared and made a poor decision. She’s lost her good character.”

Anderson was granted unconditional bail to be sentenced on Friday, April 9.

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