A young driver who ploughed her car into a parked vehicle before smashing through a garden wall has been banned from the road.

Drink driving accounted for 5% of all road casualties in 2010.

Rachel Jones, 22, was twice the legal drink drive limit when she lost control of her car at 2am on Saturday 28 September and crashed into a parked Peugeot 207 in The Ridings, Saughall.

Her silver Renault Clio then smashed through a garden wall on the opposite side of the road belonging to John Garner, who won the village gardening competition for 10 successive years.

In the aftermath of the crash, which neighbours described as “traumatic”, police found Jones lying unconscious next to her car, an injured man in the back seat and another male who was unhurt.

Serious consequences

Jones, of Websters Lane in Great Sutton, pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without due care and attention at West Cheshire Magistrates Court. She had no previous convictions.

She received a 22 month ban, a £300 fine and was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £30 victim surcharge.

Dr Elaine Hemmings, chair of the bench, said: “This is a serious offence. There was vehicles damaged and one person was injured and the potential for more serious injury was real both to you and others.”

Events leading to the crash

Chris Hunt, defending, said Jones, her boyfriend Joseph Turner and her boyfriend’s brother and father had got a taxi to the pub from the Turner household.

The Court heard that Jones and her boyfriend’s father had left slightly earlier than the others in a taxi, but that on their return they became concerned for the welfare of her boyfriend’s mother and decided to pick the rest of the family up from the pub.

Mr Hunt said: “It was a family crisis and Miss Jones went to go and get them from the pub. She made the stupid decision to drive to get them.”

Road traffic accident claims

Luckily, no one was in the parked car or garden at the time of the crash and neither the driver nor the passengers sustained serious injuries.

However, drink driving accounted for 5% of all road casualties in 2010, and all of these were entirely preventable.

All motorists have a legal duty of care to other road users. If you have been involved in a road accident that was not your fault, and blame or negligence can be proved to lie elsewhere, we can pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf.