Driver who did not stop after an accident given custodial sentence


Chloe Coles (20) appeared before Bodmin Magistrates Court charged with careless or inconsiderate driving, failing to stop at an accident and failing to report an accident.

Chloe unwisely drove after being out drinking for the evening despite being advised by her friends not to do so. She consequently lost control of the vehicle, mounted a pavement hitting two people and causing injuries.

She made no attempt to stop at the scene, and continued on her journey, offering no assistance to the injured parties on the floor. It was not until many hours later that the police spoke with Chloe having found her damaged and abandoned vehicle.

Police and ambulance attended the scene and the injured parties were taken to hospital.

Jill Wilson, Senior Crown Prosecutor CPS South West said: "This was an accident that could have been avoided. Chloe Coles did not adhere to her friends' advice on the night in question. She chose to drive a vehicle after consuming alcohol which resulted in a collision, injuring two pedestrians. She then failed to stop at the scene."

Chloe Coles was sentenced to immediate custody of 13 weeks.

Jill added: "The actions of Chloe Coles are a stark reminder to everyone that driving whilst under the influence of alcohol is not only a gamble with their own safety but that of others using the roads and indeed pavements as in this case. It is also a reminder that failing to stop after a collision in such circumstances will be dealt with seriously and severely by the courts."