Drink driver from Northampton tried to hand cocaine bag to crash witness

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A Northampton woman who tried to off-load a bag of cocaine to a passer-by when she crashed her car drunk, has pleaded guilty to drink-driving and drug possession charges.

Lauren Douglas crashed her Peugeot 206 at the Wooldale Road junction with Newport Pagnell Road at around 3.30am on the morning of April 25 this year.

The 26-year-old of Spinney Hill Road had been out with friends drinking that night, Northampton Magistrates Crown Court heard yesterday, though she later claimed she had no recollection of events from around 9pm the evening before.

Prosecuting, Caroline Emmett said Douglas had a small plastic bag ‘containing a white powder’ in her possession at the time of the collision and had asked a witness to the crash if he could ‘get rid of it’ for her.

When police officers arrived, she gave a reading of 179 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood - at more than two times the legal limit.

There were traces of cocaine in her system and she only had a provisional driving licence, which also invalidated her insurance Mrs Emmett added. She had passed her test in 2006, but had never sent the relevant forms to the DVLA to obtain her full licence.

The bag of white powder was confirmed as cocaine at a later date after the witness handed it to police.

Douglas pleaded guilty to using a motor vehicle on a road without third party insurance, driving while over the alcohol limit, driving without a valid licence and possession of the class A drug cocaine.

She also admitted fraudulently claiming around £700 through an insurance policy for the collision at a later date - even though it was invalidated by her lack of driving licence.

She will be sentenced on Monday, January 12, pending probation reports and has been banned from driving until then.

Defending for her, David Smithet said: “This is a young lady of previous good character.

“With regards the driving matters, she has no recollection of the events of that evening. This is as a consequence of what she consumed.”

Mr Smithet said Douglas had recently suffered with depression.