Drink-driver hit van and fled

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POLICE found two handbags in the passenger footwell after a car hit a van and the occupants ran off.

Driver Michelle Hill was fully clothed on her bed at her home in Church Street, Billingborough, a short distance from the accident scene, when police called.

Hill (27) was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £110 when she pleaded guilty to driving with 58 microgrammes of alcohol – 23 mcgs above the limit – when she appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

She admitted failing to stop and was fined £40.

Hill must also pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

She can cut four months off the ban if she completes a driver rehabilitation course.

Solicitor Ruth Harrop, mitigating, said: “It’s something for her that’s very out of character.”

Miss Harrop said Hill wasn’t trying to evade detection and had gone home because she could not cope with the situation.

She had a history of depression and anxiety.

Miss Harrop said Hill had a small amount of whisky – indicating the amount by a 1cm gap between forefinger and thumb when police asked – but accepted that alone would not have put her over the limit.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said the accident happened at about 12.40am on September 9 and Hill was traced via her mother, who was the vehicle’s registered keeper.