Teacher helps police by filming her own drink driving before parked car crash

A teacher’s wild, drunken journey speeding and swerving across lanes before she crashed into a parked car was captured on her own dashcam.

Louise Willard, 41, got behind the wheel even though she was three times the drink-drive limit.

Shocking footage of her journey shows the car drifting across lanes at speeds of 75mph, hitting bushes and narrowly avoiding roadworks.

Remarkably, Willard managed to avoid an accident for more than 20 minutes, despite frequently swerving off the road.

But eventually her luck ran out and her whit Vauxhall Corsa smashed into the back of an Audi.

Fortunately, no one was in the Audi and no one was injured.

Willard reversed and tried to drive away from the scene of the crash but stopped a short distance away.

Police in Bexhill, Sussex, had already received several reports of her erratic driving at 5.24pm on April 4.

Willard failed a roadside breath test which showed she had 94mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

The legal limit is 35mcg.

She was also charged with drink driving and failing to stop after a road traffic collision.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, Willard pleaded guilty to both offences and was disqualified from driving for 24 months.

She was also sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring her to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

PC Nathan Langley, of the Polegate Roads Policing Unit, said: "The dangers of drink-driving are well-documented – it can seriously impair your reaction times, concentration levels, and judgement of other road users and hazards.

" But a lot of people may find this difficult to visualise.

“Now, through the release of this footage, we can show you exactly what it looks like to drive under the influence of alcohol, and you can see just how shocking it is.

"The scary thing is this isn’t a particularly unusual or extraordinary example of drink-driving; the driver has displayed a number of characteristics which you would typically expect.

"What you wouldn’t expect, of course, is for someone in such a state to get behind the wheel of their car."

PC Langley added: "In Sussex in 2017, a total of 13 people were killed and a further 65 were seriously injured in drink-driving related collisions.

“The law around drink-driving is in place for a reason – it is there to keep you safe and to deal robustly with those who compromise the safety of themselves and others by driving while under the influence."

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