Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rogue L-Driver in Fit Crash Mayhem

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rogue L-Driver in Fit Crash Mayhem

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk

LIVES were put at risk by an epileptic woman who took her partner's car and smashed into a family's vehicle while suffering a seizure at the wheel.

Shelley Law, who had a provisional licence for 20 years but has never taken a test or informed the DVLA of her medical condition, helped herself to her partner's Peugeot 307 to pop to the shops.

But as she drove in Gateshead, she had an epileptic fit and careered into another car, leaving a two-year-old girl screaming and suffering whiplash.

Law then also careered into a parked gas board van.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Law knew she was at risk of having an epileptic fit before she got in the car.

Imposing a suspended prison sentence, Recorder Simon Phillips QC told her: "There could have been fatalities. The grandchild was scared, screaming in pain and in shock. "Your misconduct was dangerous and put other people at real risk in terms of their lives. …

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