A DRINK driver who ploughed into a parked car and smashed through a wall into a prize-winning garden has been banned from the road.
Rachel Jones, 22, was twice the legal limit when she lost control of her silver Renault Clio and crashed into a black Peugeot 207 in The Ridings, Saughall.
She then careered through a garden wall on the opposite side of the road, belonging to John Garner who won the village gardening competition 10 years in a row.
West Cheshire Magistrates Court heard how police found Jones lying unconscious by her car with an injured passenger inside following the crash at 2am on Saturday, September 28.
Jones, of Websters Lane, Great Sutton, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and drink driving.
Caroline Viviani, prosecuting, said when police arrived they found Jones on the floor, an injured man in the back seat and another male who was unhurt. Officers breathalysed Jones and she was found to be twice the legal limit.
Chris Hunt, defending, said jones had been out to be pub with her boyfriend Joseph Turner, his brother James Turner and their father.
They had all gone to the pub in a taxi from the Turner’s house. Jones and her boyfriend’s father left the pub slightly earlier than the brothers in a taxi.
But Mr Hunt said when they got back they became concerned for the welfare of her boyfriend’s mother and Jones made the decision to pick up the rest of the family from the pub.
Mr Hunt said: “It was a family crisis and Miss Jones went to go and get them from the pub. She made the stupid decision to drive to get them.
“She collected them and quickly set off again and crashed on the way back into a parked car and she is found unconscious on the floor by the police.”
Mr Hunt said Jones had paid for all the damage caused. He said she had no previous convictions and any ban she would receive would cause her difficulties getting to work.
Magistrates banned Jones from driving for 22 months, fined her for £300 and ordered her to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Dr Elaine Hemmings, chair of the bench, said: “This is a serious offence. There was vehicles damaged and one person was injured and the potential for more serious injury was real both to you and others.”
ONLOOKERS described the scene of the crash as ‘absolute carnage’.
Neil Partridge, who owned the Peugeot that Jones crashed in to, had parked his car on the street overnight, said his wife Louise.
She said the couple had been fast asleep when they heard an “almighty bang”.
Neil looked out the window and said ‘oh my God, my car has gone’,” she said.
“We thought the car had been stolen at first. I could see tail lights across the road in the neighbour’s wall.
“We ran out and called the ambulance, there was debris everywhere. I was just panicking at first.”
Mrs Partridge said her husband had only had the car a couple of months.
John Garner was the owner of the garden Jones’ car ended up in. He told the Leader he had village garden competition 10 years in a row.
“My front garden means a lot to me, I have spent a lot of time on it,” he said.
“My neighbour Neil woke me up, when I got to the door I thought ‘what the hell is going on?’.”
Neighbour Elaine Stott described the crash scene as “really traumatic”