M5 wrong way drunk driver jailed

A motorist who drove the wrong way for 23 miles on the M5 in Somerset has been handed a nine-month jail term.

Deborah Hunt, 43, of Langport, Somerset, was twice the drink-drive limit as she drove her estranged partner's Peugeot 806 down the fast lane of the M5 on July 14 this year, dodging oncoming vehicles before eventually coming to a halt on the hard shoulder, Bristol Crown Court heard.

Mother-of-three Hunt did not even have a valid car insurance policy at the time of the incident, the court was told.

The unemployed former financial adviser admitted dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and driving without insurance.

Judge Mark Horton said he would be failing in his public duty if he did not jail Hunt immediately for so serious an offence.

It is "unbelievably fortunate" no-one had been killed or injured by her as she drove at 60mph in the dark after 11pm, Judge Horton said.

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