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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

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Drugs-driving charge defendant ‘suicidal’

A woman narrowly missed a bus while driving on the wrong side of the road, a court heard.

Several eye-witnesses saw Helen Verity, 30, driving “erratically” on a route in west Cumbria.

She appeared before Whitehaven Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs.

But it was a case, her solicitor said, which was borne out of sad circumstances with the defendant having earlier considered taking her own life.

Jane Mackrill, prosecuting, said Verity was spotted on the road between Mill Hill, Cleator Moor, and Whitehaven.

Throughout the journey, the court was told, she was seen by a number of witnesses driving on the wrong side of the road, crossing the white lines and driving in front of a bus.

The bus driver managed to stop in time to prevent a collision.


Mrs Mackrill said: “When the police spoke to the defendant at her home, she said the whole incident had been a blur. She had taken a large number of tablets at Ennerdale and a bottle of wine. When she woke up she drove from Ennerdale to Leathwaite.”

Neil Pilling, for Verity, said: “This is a sad case in many respects.

“On December 5, my client drove her car to Ennerdale armed with Diazepam and wine with the view to kill herself. She wasn’t expecting to wake up again. But she did.

“The journey she took was to get more tablets and finish the job but didn’t get that far.”

Mr Pilling said Verity has since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Magistrates have ordered an interim driving ban until Verity’s next court appearance on April 21, when she will be sentenced.


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