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Joyriding gran branded ‘danger to the public’ after smashing into pensioner

A grandmother has been jailed for causing terror on the roads after she clocked up a staggering 90 driving offences over 27 years.

Kerry Taylor, from Wigan, has broken the law numerous times for a variety of incidents even after she was hit with road bans.

The 44-year-old’s most recent arrest was for driving while under two road bans and causing a hit and run in a stolen Renault Clio on August 9.

She had crashed into a 80-year-old man’s Toyota Aygo before veering into the path of oncoming traffic.

Taylor, a mum-of-three, tried to flee the scene but was chased by police and arrested.

Inquiries revealed she has a range of offences that started from 1994, including drink driving, drug driving and failing to stop after an accident.

Taylor, from Wigan, had already been banned from the roads twice just this year with the first coming in April when she was disqualified for 12 months for being eight times over the drug drive limit.

The second came in June the ban was increased to 30 months after she was caught driving while four times over the limit.

Taylor reportedly sobbed as the judge jailed her for a year and branded her a "danger to the public" at Bolton Crown Court.

She was also handed a further 40-month ban after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop and having no insurance.

In a statement, the pensioner who was driving the Toyota confirmed his car had to be written off due to the extensive damage of Taylor’s actions.

He continued: “I’m really upset but I’m very surprised I didn’t suffer any serious injury due to the level of force of the impact. I’ve been driving for 60 years and never had any kind of accident.”

Claire Brocklebank, defending Taylor, told the court about Taylor's Issues with epilepsy, anxiety and depression.

She was driving the stolen Clio to a local chemist to pick up a prescription.

Ms Brocklebank added: “She said there was a delay in getting a repeat prescription for herself and when the chemist rang her to say it had come through, she made the decision to drive this car in the way she did – something which she now thoroughly regrets.”

She said Taylor had made "changes in her life" with staying away from drugs and finding suitable accommodation.

Ms Brocklebank added that Taylor “‘feels stupid for committing this offence”.

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Judge Graeme Smith told Taylor: “It is very unusual for me to be sentencing a woman for dangerous driving – it is almost always young men who are driving in police chases.

“But you took a very reckless and stupid decision to drive a stolen car in this dangerous manner when you had been disqualified not once, but twice within the preceding few months.

“You are assessed at being a high risk of re-offending and it is quite clear to me that you are currently a danger to the public when you are behind the wheel of a car.”

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