Woman sentenced for driving offences– Reading
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Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police a woman has been sentenced to an 18 month driving ban and ordered to pay over £900 in costs and fines.
Sandra Edwards, also known as Sandra Mayers, aged 54, of Blandford Road, Reading, was sentenced following a hearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (30/9) in which she was found guilty of one count of failing to provide a specimen for analysis and one count of failing to give information relating to the identification of the driver of a vehicle when required.
On the morning of 9 February 2020, there was a report of a damage only collision on Ambrose Place, Reading between a Saab and another member of the public’s vehicle. The driver of the Saab failed to provide details to the other driver and left the scene, and it was reported that the driver of the Saab might have been driving under the influence of alcohol.
Officers traced the owner of the Saab, and found this to be Sandra Edwards, believed to be the driver of the vehicle, who appeared to be intoxicated.
Edwards was arrested, but in custody failed to provide a specimen for analysis. She was released under investigation and charged by postal notification on 24 April 2020.
Investigating officer PC Matthew Fairman, based at Reading police station, said: “Failing to provide a specimen for analysis will not help you if you are suspected of being under the influence of drink or drugs, you will be charged and prosecuted by the courts.
“Drink and drug driving is one of the fatal four and driving whilst under the influence vastly increases your chances of being involved in a road traffic collision with serious consequences.
“I hope that this conviction and sentencing serves as a timely reminder to people of the dangers of drink and drug driving, it really isn’t worth the risk.”