Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mum Sobs as She's Jailed for Drunken Crash That Left Chef Brain-Damaged

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mum Sobs as She's Jailed for Drunken Crash That Left Chef Brain-Damaged

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A MUM has been jailed after downing a bottle of prosecco and ploughing her car into a pedestrian ... with a four-year-old boy in the back seat.

Trainee teacher Sophie Burton, 25, left an innocent bystander with permanent brain damage after getting behind the wheel while three times the limit.

She crashed her Ford Focus into chef Ahmed Rezgui, who was stood by his car outside a takeaway on the A6 in Hazel Grove, Stockport.

Nothing getting in one else was for this Judge The 55-year-old victim was thrown up into the air and suffered serious brain injuries which will affect him for the rest of his life.

Witnesses described how Burton, who was training to be a specialist teacher at a primary school, had undertaken a car at 'excessive' speed and in an 'aggressive' manner.

Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court heard how the mum, of Lochmaddy Close, Hazel Grove, had set off 'angry and upset' to confront a boyfriend at his home nearby at 10.30pm on January 15. Burton pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drink-driving and sobbed in the dock at as she was jailed for two years and four months.

The court heard she had been training at a Hazel Grove primary school to teach children with special needs and those on the autistic spectrum.

Her career now lies in tatters after the conviction and her foundation degree was said to be 'in a hiatus.' .

The court heard her exact speed on the 30mph duel carriageway could not be estimated because police were unable to carry out a reconstruction.

justified you that car. No to blame accident Savill Burton, who was taking prescription drugs and hadn't eaten all day, did not appear to slow down, the court heard, and hit Mr Rezgui in a location near the Anchor Inn pub before ploughing into his car. Michael Morley, prosecuting, said she should have had a clear view. …

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