A woman who drove at almost SIX times the new drink drive limit before mounting a pavement, smashing into a wall and destroying a bus stop, today dodged a jail term.
Lana Boyle got into her car on December 20 in Broughty Ferry’s Forthill Road despite being well over the limit – and set off in the dark without her lights on.
She then “accelarated harshly” and slammed into a kerb – losing control of the car and ploughing into a garden wall, leaving it with a gaping hole.
Boyle – who has a previous conviction for drink driving – then smashed into a bus stop pole and careered into another car.
Debris from the smash then flew into a moving vehicle being driven by Andrew McRitcher.
Fiscal depute Kirsten Thomson told Dundee Sheriff Court that shocked neighbours had gone outside to investigated when they heard a loud bang.
One horrified pensioner said it “was a miracle” no-one was killed.
Joan Culloch, who lives opposite the site of the smash, said: “If anyone had been standing at that bus stop they would’ve been killed.
“My grandson saw the car come round the corner, mount the pavement and then hit the length of the wall and demolish the bus stop.
“The car ended up across the road.
“We asked if she was OK and smelled the drink. The car keys were taken off her. She was pleading not to call the police but it was too late for that.”
As Mrs Culloch’s friend attempted to stop traffic from coming around the bend, she and the other resident attempted to comfort a screaming child.
She said: “The woman came across to us and she could hardly stand up.”
Boyle, 34, of Forthill Road, Dundee, pleaded guilty to charges of careless driving and drink driving.
Her plea of not guilty to wilfully exposing a four-year-old child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health by conveying the child as a passenger in the car, was accepted by the Crown.
Defence solicitor Anika Jethwa said: “She has sought professional help since this incident.”
Sheriff George Way banned Boyle from driving for 40 months, placed her on a restriction of liberty order for 60 days and imposed a community payback order with supervision and alcohol counselling for 18 months.
He said: “This is your second offence and the reading was shocking.
“You have to have it brought home to you how close you came to a real tragedy here.
“People who commit offences like this put their lives at risk – and also their liberty if they come before a court.”