Mom stole her friend’s Range Rover after WKD downed, then drove the M60 in the wrong direction and crashed
A mother has been banned from the road after she stole her boyfriend’s Range Rover after biting WKD and driving the £ 3,500 car the wrong way onto a freeway exit before crashing into a tree.
Billy Jo Cartwright had been drinking with friends in a Travelodge parking lot earlier this year – in violation of January’s national lockdown rules – and drank ‘three to four bottles’ of the vodka drink.
Cartwright’s best friend, Becky-Jo Wood, tried to stop her, but the drunken 22-year-old then jumped behind the wheel of her friend’s Evoque and ran around the hotel parking lot.
The mother-of-one then turned the wrong way, onto the slip road and into the path of oncoming traffic exiting the M60 motorway at Birch Services in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.
She tried to evade the two-ton car, but lost control of the vehicle, climbed a grass verge and plowed into a tree.
Cartwright’s unnamed boyfriend, 30, rushed to the crash scene as the shameless mother-of-one tried to put the blame on Miss Wood.
Tests showed that Cartwright, of Rochdale, who is hoping to become a veterinary nurse, had more than twice the alcohol limit.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, she pleaded guilty to taking heavy vehicles, driving dangerously, driving under the influence and without insurance.
Billy Jo Cartwright, 22, binged on bottles of WKD before getting behind the wheel of her friend’s £ 3,500 Range Rover, driving it the wrong way on a freeway exit and crashing into a tree
She was sentenced to a community sentence of 18 months and 120 hours of unpaid work.
Cartwright was also banned from driving for two years and will have to adhere to a two-month curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The incident took place on January 16 after the group gathered for an impromptu ‘al fresco’ drink.
Prosecutor Lisa Boocock told the court, “This was in the midst of the Covid pandemic and everything was against Covid rules.
Miss Wood saw this defendant drinking a considerable amount of alcohol. There were others between the lines.
Miss Wood saw this defendant drinking three to four bottles of WKD. The defendant then took the car keys and got into her friend’s Range Rover Vogue.
Miss Wood came out to smoke a cigarette and saw the defendant and went to the driver’s side and tried to get the keys.
But the defendant would not hand them over, and Miss Wood then sat in the passenger seat of the vehicle.
The defendant drove on the wrong side of the road, into oncoming traffic, then pulled into the slip road almost to the freeway.
The defendant then accepts that she is losing control. She went up a grass verge and then hit a tree and this brought everything to a stop.
“One of the Costa employees [who witnessed the crash from a shop in the car park] ran to see if everything was okay, while the defendant asked Miss Wood to say she was the driver and said she would give her some money if she did.
The mother-of-one, hoping to become a vet nurse, had more than twice the alcohol limit
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, she pleaded guilty to taking heavy vehicles, driving dangerously, driving under the influence and without insurance
The Costa employee saw cans and bottles of WKD in the car. Then the suspect’s friend ran out. She ran to him and said, “Look what she’s done!” indicating that it was Miss Wood’s fault.
“When the police arrived, the defendant said Miss Wood was the driver, but then she was arrested and failed a breath test.”
Tests showed that Cartwright had 79 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. The legal limit is 35 mg.
She was sentenced to a community sentence of 18 months and 120 hours of unpaid work. Cartwright was also banned from driving for two years and will have to adhere to a two-month curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Attorney Iain Johnstone indicated that Cartwright had been pressured to drink the alcohol and that she had had a difficult upbringing.
He said, ‘She accepts that she was not allowed to drive that vehicle.
She went with her friend to the travelodge where alcohol was consumed and she got offended with alcohol when people said, ‘Come on, drink! She did and panicked and got scared because her boyfriend is older and he’s a big guy. She had never driven a car before. ‘
Realizing she was going the wrong way, she tried to turn it around, but it was a big and heavy vehicle. She has had a difficult upbringing, but would like to start a veterinary nurse training. ‘
The judge Mr. Recorder Nicholas Clarke QC convicted Cartwright, telling her, “Why you were at the gas station when Covid was drinking with your friends at the Travelodge is beyond me.
“But you risked the spread of this terrible disease and you did not do your part to protect others. At that point you got very drunk and for whatever reason you decided to drive a very heavy vehicle.
‘You risk your own life, that of your passenger who tried to stop you, and that of other road users as well. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
‘You then tried to bribe the passenger, and you tried to blame her when the police were there.
‘You could be sent to prison and you would deserve it. But you have personal issues and I hope what happened will lead you to a more positive future. ‘