A 94-year-old woman has been banned from driving after travelling the wrong way around a roundabout twice in a matter of minutes.

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Joan Stone, of Belstead Road, Ipswich, was pulled over on September 15 after a shocked police officer watched in horror as she drove around the Seven Hills roundabout in the wrong direction.

But just moments after being spoken to by the officer, Stone pulled away and almost collided with a group of cyclists as she attempted to navigate her way around the roundabout the wrong way for a second time.

Stone, who had pleaded guilty to careless driving at an earlier hearing, had been travelling from the Felixstowe area as she made her way to Woodbridge at about 11.40am.

Prosecutor Colette Griffiths told South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court that Pc Andrew Masterson had been filled with “shock and horror” as he watched Stone driving her silver Ford Ka.

“Joan was driving about 20 to 30mph in the wrong direction,” she said.

“He put his blue lights on to alert other drivers and also to get her attention but she just continued past him, completely oblivious to his attempts and continued travelling the wrong way.”

Eventually, Pc Masterson managed to get Stone’s attention – but only after driving around the junction at speed and pulling out in front of her vehicle.

She was eventually spoken to by the officer. But the court heard Stone refused to surrender her driving licence and as she pulled away she was almost involved in a collision with a group of cyclists taking part in a charity ride.

“The officer was again alerted by the cyclists as she tried to make her way around the wrong way,” she said. “There are obviously concerns about the fact that she never saw the officer when he tried to stop her.”

Stone told the police officer at the scene that she had no intention to stop driving.

But during Wednesday’s hearing, the pensioner told the court she had since seen her doctor who advised that she shouldn’t get behind the wheel.

The pensioner was banned from driving indefinitely unless she takes another driving test and is deemed fit for the road.

She was also handed a £400 fine and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 towards court costs.

4 comments

  • I agree with MIGUEL 100, at 70 and every five years a driver should by law have to go out with a driving examiner to see if they are fit to drive, I wouldn't say take another test but they must be competent in driving. How can a Doctor say anyone is fit to drive if they haven't seen them drive? The law should change asap.

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    Janina Beckett

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • THIS IS REALLY FUNNY AIN'T IT ,, NOT REALLY ,,IT JUST SHOW HOW STUPID THE DRIVING LICENCE LAWS ARE IN THIS COUNTRY ,,SHE SHOULD NEVER BE DRIVING ON THE ROAD AT THAT AGE ,,AND THIS PROVE'S IT,, I ALWAYS SAY AT THE AGE OF 70 YOU SHOULD HAVE TO RETAKE THE TEST IF YOU WANT TO KEEP DRIVING

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • I'm very glad this lady is not allowed to drive any more. But to fine her 400 pounds for, what is after all, probably an error of judgement caused by her age is harsh. Typical Britain, deliberately steal property up to 2,000 pounds, fixed penalty of 80 pounds, same for criminal damage and even assault, but woe betide you if you make a mistake at a traffic light, exceed the speed limit by 3 mph, return a minute late to your parking bay or put the wrong thing in your wheelie bin or leave the lid open. The full force of the law will then apply!!

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    Chicken Run Veteran

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • Why at 70? Why not 60 etc.? We should ALL be re-tested every 5 years. This would help stop bad habits creeping in and make sure everyone keeps upto date with current rules & regulations. e.g. How many know the Highway Code advice on zip merging, but instead try to block people using both lanes approaching roadworks?

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    On Two Wheels

    Friday, November 2, 2012

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