Baby escapes drug-driver collision

A DRUG-fuelled motorist crashed into a vehicle which had a baby passenger in it.Davinna Brown, 31, of Handford Road, Ipswich, was jailed after tests showed she had a cocktail of heroin, cocaine and cannabis in her system.

A DRUG-fuelled motorist crashed into a vehicle which had a baby passenger in it.

Davinna Brown, 31, of Handford Road, Ipswich, was jailed after tests showed she had a cocktail of heroin, cocaine and cannabis in her system.

The court heard Brown took car keys and a jacket from a couple she was living with on 13 and 14 May this year, said Godfried Duah, prosecuting at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

Just days later on May 19 she drove the car uninsured and without supervision or L-plates before crashing.

Mr Duah said: "She drove the car into the rear end of the other vehicle.

"In this person's vehicle were three passengers, including an 18-month-old baby."

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After the crash a man in the other vehicle got out to speak to her, but Brown became aggressive.

Mr Duah told the court: "Due to her manner at the time the man tried to restrain her. She became extremely violent and the man had to let go."

Police were called and she was arrested.

Mr Duah said: "At that point they [the police] realised she was under the influence of something and she was taken to the police station.

"A urine sample was taken for analysis and the presence of a number of controlled drugs were identified: cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

"The offence is aggravated by the fact she was under the influence of drugs and there was an accident which could have resulted in the occupants of the vehicle being injured.

"She was a danger to herself as well as other road users at the time."

She admitted a catalogue of offences which included aggravated taking without consent, failure to stop after an accident, and driving whilst unfit, theft of the keys and jacket, driving otherwise not in accordance to the driving licence terms and not having insurance. She also pleaded guilty to stealing £3.85 worth of items from Sainsbury's.

Nigel Innes, mitigating, told the court Brown has a drug problem.

He said: "There was a breach of trust but I would argue this was at the low end of the scale. Taking without consent is what it implies, taking without the owner's consent.

"It is basically a series of offending, a number of offences taking place in one act."

Sentencing her to a total of 11 weeks jail, bench chairman John Horton, said: "These offences are so serious only custody is justified."

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For taking without consent she was jailed for eight weeks and banned from driving for a year.

For taking the keys and jacket she was jailed for two weeks and she was sentenced to six weeks for driving whilst unfit through drugs. This also carried a 12 month driving ban.

All of the above jail sentences were to run concurrently.

In addition she was fined £40 for driving not in accordance with the terms of a licence, which she would instead serve a seven day jail sentence to run concurrently.

In addition she was fined £100 fine for no insurance for which she serves a seven day jail sentence in default of the fine, to run consecutively. She was fined £50 for failing to stop but instead of the fine she will serve a seven day jail sentence to run consecutively.

For stealing from Sainsbury's she was given two weeks jail to run consecutively and was jailed for seven days for failing to surrender to custody.

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