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Jul 26 2007
A VODKA-ADDLED woman stole her friend’s car, drove on the wrong side of the road with no lights, then crashed and abandoned it.
Lisa Kelly, of Milne Park East, left the Randall Tavern, Fieldway, on Saturday July 14 drunk – with the keys to her friends Citroen Xsara.
She then careered down Fieldway and Lodge Lane before crashing it into another car.
On Wednesday, she sobbed as she admitted a string of motoring offences at Croydon Magistrates’ Court.
Peter Bonham, prosecuting, said: “She consumed numerous glasses of vodka and coke, removed the car keys belonging to her friend and tried to drive it home.
She is unsure why she decided to drive and puts it down to the excessive amounts of alcohol consumed in combination with anti-depressants.
“Thankfully it resulted in minor damage.”
In a statement, the driver of the car she hit, a VW Golf, said: “The car passed the front of my car from the right and hit the tram barrier head-on and bounced off.
“Then the driver drove towards me at 25-30 miles per hour. I tried to move my vehicle out of the way and was concerned for my life.
“The car clipped the rear near side of my vehicle. Her car mounted the roundabout at Lodge Lane before coming to a stop in the grass verge.”
Kelly then left the car and started walking towards Central Parade until she was stopped by a concerned passer-by who asked if she was going to return to her car.
Mr Bonham said: “She said ‘I can’t do that I have no driving licence.'”
Henry Oghoetuoma, defending, said: “She has had a difficult past and suffered quite some time from depression and recently lost her father. She went out to drink, went out to her friends car and for reasons she can’t explain ended up driving it.”
Magistrate Norwood Poole said she would delay sentencing Kelly for a pre-sentence report after Mr Oghoetuoma told the court Kelly suffers from agoraphobia – an anxiety disorder.
But she warned Kelly she still faces prison.
Kelly pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving with no insurance and without a licence, attempting to drive after excess alcohol and failure to stop after an accident.
She was released on bail for sentencing on August 15.