Fulwell Woman Avoids jail after refusing breath test after crashing her uninsured car outside a sandwich shop
A Sunderland woman has avoided a custodial sentence for refusing a breath test after having crashed her car in Fullwell last December.
Dayna-Jo Connolly, 26, with two friends, crashed on Sea Road, but fled the scene.
After being found by police, she reportedly “turned aggressive” when asked for a breath test.
Magistrates in South Tyneside court handed her a 10-week prison term, suspended for 15 months, and a 34-month driving ban.
Prosecutor Mike Lawson said: “The defendant was driving, with two female passengers, when there was a collision.
“They then left the scene but returned sometime later to collect belongings.
“She was traced to a food shop and identified by a witness and thereafter arrested.
“She became abusive and refused to provide a sample at the police stat
“She became abusive and refused to provide a sample at the police station.
“The aggravating factors are the carrying of passengers and failing to provide, which has a 12-week prison starting point.”
Connolly pleaded guilty to failing to provide a sample for analysis and driving without insurance at an earlier hearing.
Syed Ahmed, defending, said: “The reality is that the defendant is extremely remorseful about her actions. She comes from a very unstable family background.
“She had attended her best friend’s funeral and there was a hoo-ha with her ex-boyfriend, and she felt she had to get into her vehicle to avoid a possible domestic incident.
“She had had a couple of drinks. The only reason she got into the vehicle was to avoid a domestic incident. She made a mistake.”
Magistrates suspended Connolly’s sentence on the grounds they believe she can be rehabilitated.