Wrong way drink-driver spared jail

Wrong way drink-driver spared jail

A woman who drove the wrong way along a motorway for four miles has been handed a suspended sentence.

Katy Homer, from Halesowen in the West Midlands admitted the offence, having previously pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and dangerous driving.

The 27-year-old care assistant was stopped by police as she left the M5 in West Bromwich early on December 4 last year. She had joined the motorway at the junction before in nearby Oldbury.

At the time officers were dealing with a crash and they spotted Homer as she exited using a slip road.

A hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that police first tried to wave her down as she twice went the wrong way around the roundabout junction. She was eventually stopped by officers who stepped out into the road flashing torches.

Judge Michael Dudley told Homer, of Clent View Road, Halesowen, that she had committed a "very serious driving offence" which passed the custody threshold.

She was given a four-month jail term, suspended for 12 months, with 180 hours of unpaid work and a year's supervision by probation services for the dangerous driving offence.

For the alcohol charge, she was given a month in prison, also suspended for 12 months, to run concurrently. She was also banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay £200 costs. If and when she does get her licence back, she can expect much highercar insurance premiums.

Copyright Press Association 2014