Woman drove under influence of drugs

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A SCARBOROUGH woman who took a family vehicle on a 16-mile jaunt while under the influence of drugs has been spared an immediate jail sentence.

Jill Blackburn, 28, was stopped by police after a collision on the junction of Scalby Road and Coastal Road in Burniston in November.

Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard Blackburn, formerly of North Marine Road, hit a wall after swerving to avoid another vehicle in her white Mitsubishi L200.

She pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs, having no third party insurance and no licence.

She also admitted taking the vehicle without the owner’s consent and failing to stop at an accident.

Prosecuting, Katy Varlow said the vehicle had been parked outside her step-father’s home in Whitby when she took it for a drive.

Mrs Varlow said she arrived in Burniston before having to take evasive action when a car pulled out in front of her.

She added when police arrived they became concerned over her demeanour and a drugs test revealed diazepam and morphine in her system.

Mitigating, Marcus Topham said: “She had been persuaded by another man to give him a lift to help move some things back to the Scarborough area.

“Quite stupidly, and quite out of character, she has taken the keys off the table and thought she could make the trip and get back without the owner knowing.

“She failed the sobriety test because there were drugs in her system that were consistent with the antidepressants she was taking at the time.

“She has apologised profusely for the damage and the vehicle is now repaired.”

Blackburn was handed a 12 week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, and disqualified from driving for three years.

She was also ordered to work with the probation service to carry out an eight-day specified activity programme.