Motorist Who Swerved and Crashed Her Car Had No Insurance

PUBLISHED: 10:11 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:11 04 May 2010

A MOTORIST who was thrown from her car after she swerved and crashed into a ditch has admitted careless driving, and having no insurance. But the Crown Prosecution Service has withdrawn an allegation that Vanessa Hale was driving while unfit through drugs

A MOTORIST who was thrown from her car after she swerved and crashed into a ditch has admitted careless driving, and having no insurance.

But the Crown Prosecution Service has withdrawn an allegation that Vanessa Hale was driving while unfit through drugs at the time of the accident - a charge she had previously denied.

The accident happened when Hale was driving a Fiat Brava at Sutton Road in Witchford in the early hours of July 25 last year.

She was driving towards taxi driver Daniel Chacinski when she swerved in front of his vehicle, and then swerved back to the correct side of the road, Laura Mardell told Ely magistrates.

"The vehicle headed straight into a ditch, he saw a person thrown from the window, the car ended up upside down."

Ms Hale was badly injured, and received medical attention; the taxi driver believed there may have been mud on the road.

In a police interview, 23-year-old Hale, of High Street, Sutton, said: "All I remember is swerving, I think there was a badger in the road. I thought I was dreaming, and then woke up in hospital."

Mitigating, solicitor Nicholas Barnes said: "She can recall very little about this matter, but believes something may have come into the road."

Hale suffered a fracture knee, needed stitches to an ear and suffered shock from the accident.

A former industrial cleaner, Hale had eight points endorsed on her driving licence and was fined £100 with £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.


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