A 39-year-old mother suffering from epilepsy caused a three vehicle smash when she suffered a fit behind the wheel of a car she should never have been driving.
Shelley Law, who had just a provisional licence, suffered a seizure after she took her boyfriend’s Peugeot without his permission to go on a shopping trip.
Newcastle Crown Court heard her vehicle smashed into a Citroen containing a family of four, who all suffered slight whiplash, including a two-year-old toddler who was left ‘scared, screaming in pain and in shock’.
Law’s vehicle then smashed into a gas works van, which was parked on the road with no driver inside.
All three vehicles were damaged in the smash at the junction of Lobley Hill Road and Queensway north in Gateshead last September.
The court heard Law had used the spare emergency key to drive the car, which had been parked on the couple’s drive.
Law, of Rose Street, Gateshead, admitted aggravated vehicle taking and driving with no licene or insurance.
The court heard she has held a provisional driving licence for over 20 years but has never sat a test and did not inform the DVLA of her epilepsy when it developed eight years ago.streaming Power Rangers 2017 film
Mr recorder Simon Phillips QC sentenced Law to six months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months with supervision and a two year road ban.
He said there was “no doubt” Law’s provisional licence would have been revoked if the authorities had known of her illness.