Trainee nurse crashed car while twice over drink-driving limit

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A TRAINEE nurse crashed her car while more than twice over the drink-drive limit.

A van driver saw Victoria Brett’s Nissan Juke speeding towards him on the wrong side of Hope Road, in Silksworth, at 6am on March 22, Sunderland magistrates heard.

He swerved to avoid a head-on collision, but the 27-year-old mum-of-two crashed into the back of his van.

“She tried to drive away, but due to the damage to the Juke she was unable to,” Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said.

“The other driver recognised Miss Brett as a partner of someone he used to work with and he called 999.

“Miss Brett ran away. She was located by police dogs in a set of bushes nearby.”

She had 73 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35.

Brett, of Skipsea View, Ryhope, admitted drink-driving and having no licence or insurance.

Anna Haq, defending, said Brett is doing a nursing degree at Northumbria University.

As a result of the crash, her partner of 10 years has left her and she must pay £10,000 in outstanding finance on the car.

Brett was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £270, with £85 costs and a £27 victim surcharge.