Harrowing moment drunk driver smashes into a lorry and flips car over

Harrowing moment drunk driver smashes into a lorry and flips her car over onto its roof

  • The 39-year-old woman blew 140mg in a roadside breath test – three times limit
  • Driving in a silver Vauxhall Corsa, the woman tried to overtake lorry but failed 
  • Despite flipping her car over onto its roof, she escaped with a grazed knee
  • After pleading guilty to drink-driving, she was banned from roads for five years

This is the harrowing moment a drunk driver who was three times over the limit smashed into a lorry and flipped her car over onto its roof.

Shocking dash cam footage captured the collision, which started after the 39-year old woman attempted to overtake the lorry but instead swerved into its side.

The vehicle’s wheels could be seen wobbling as the drunk driver made a bid to get passed, but in a failed attempt she flipped her silver Vauxhall Corsa onto its roof.

The collision sends different parts of the car flying off into the road, before the vehicle spins around several times on its roof as it eventually comes to a halt.

The woman somehow escaped with just a grazed knee and some pain from the seatbelt, according to Derbyshire Constabulary. 

The lorry can be seen swerving after the impact but it managed to recover and continue driving along the A50, near Findern, Derbyshire.

The motorist, who has not been named by police, failed her roadside breath test on June 19 last year after blowing 140milligrammes – three times the 35mg legal limit, police said.

Shocking dash cam footage captured the moment that the woman flipped her car over after smashing into the lorry seen in the distance


The footage shows the 39-year-old woman attempt to overtake the lorry but fails in doing so as it smashes into its side

In a later blood test, she also had 254mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, while the limit is 80ml.

On June 6, the motorist pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle while above the legal alcohol limit at Leicester and Rutland Magistrates’ Court. 

She was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, but this was suspended for 18 months.

The motorist was also disqualified from driving for five years and placed on a daily curfew for eight years.

She has been ordered to pay the costs and a victim surcharge.

Sergeant Scott Riley, of Derbyshire Constabulary Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘This collision could have easily had fatal consequences, for the driver or for others.

‘It also has a huge impact on the families of those affected.

‘Please think, is it really worth putting yourself or others in danger for the sake of a drink?

‘Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive, and while the summer might be coming to an end, we will be continuing to target those who choose to ignore our advice and get behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs.’

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