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Crash in Pinchbeck left 'very emotional' driver in tears, magistrates are told




A driver who crashed into a parked car in Pinchbeck fled the scene while clutching her injured dog, a court has heard.

Sammy Jo Leia Cook (35), of French Drove, Thorney, admitted failing to stop and failing to report an accident when she appeared at Boston Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Magistrates heard that police were called to Crossgate Lane, Pinchbeck, on October 27 and found that a Volkswagen Polo had collided with a parked Citroen.

Boston Magistrates Court news. (22197381)
Boston Magistrates Court news. (22197381)

However, the driver had run away without leaving any details, carrying a dog in her arms.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said both cars had suffered significant damage and that the Volkswagen was registered to Cook.

"As the airbags had inflated in the Polo, the police feared the driver might be injured so they deployed a drone to search for her," Mr Wood said.

"However, about two hours later, police found her in a building about half a mile away.

"When officers warned the defendant that they would enter the building by force if necessary, she gave herself up."

Mr Wood told magistrates that Cook had been involved in a "massive argument" with her partner during a weekend away together.

"She was driving home and then panicked after the collision," Mr Wood said.

Michael Alexander, for Cook, said she had been "very emotional" and in tears following the collision.

As a result, she had gone to her then boyfriend's house who went to the scene and told police where Cook was.

Mr Alexander said: "On the day of the accident, my client was very vulnerable and she crashed the car because she was emotionally distraught."

Magistrates were advised by Mr Alexander that Cook already had six penalty points on her licence and another six points or more would put her at risk of disqualification under the totting up procedure.

This would result in Cook losing her job as she lived in a remote area.

Sentencing Cook, magistrates ordered five penalty points to be put on her licence, with a warning that she faced a six-month ban if she committed another road traffic offence.

Cook was also fined £123 and told to pay £117 in costs and charges.


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