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Drunk Solihull motorist drove car for TWO MILES with missing wheel

Residents alerted by loud screeching noise as Ford Ka driven by hairdresser Laura Hewlett-Conway - who was twice legal alcohol limit -

Hairdresser Laura Hewlett-Conway's Ford Ka - with the missing wheel
Hairdresser Laura Hewlett-Conway's Ford Ka - with the missing wheel

A drunk driver from Solihull - who was more than twice the legal limit - drove for more than two miles on just three wheels when one of her car’s tyres was shredded and destroyed.

Hairdresser Laura Hewlett-Conway, of Ravenswood Drive, ploughed up road surfaces and narrowly missed parked cars as she struggled to control the Ford Ka.

Solihull Police were alerted to the 33-year-old driving erratically in Widney Manor Road at around 11pm on January 23 with some residents, alarmed by a loud screeching noise, believing that the car was being driven while clamped.

Cops traced the Ka to a driveway in Stratford Road and found Hewlett-Conway standing next to the car driver’s door dressed in just her pyjamas and unsteady on her feet.

She initially claimed the wheel had only just fallen off the car but officers were able to trace a trail of tarmac destruction.

Hewlett-Conway firstly denied drink driving and dangerous driving but later admitted the offences, having registered 78 microgrammes in 100ml of breath – more than twice the legal limit.

At Birmingham Magistrates Court she was handed a community order including 180 hours of unpaid work and an 18-month supervision programme. She was also banned from the roads for 17 months and must pass an extended driving test in order to get back her licence.

PC Tony Winter, from Solihull Police, said: “The car was making a deafening noise as it scraped its way along the road. One person who called police said they thought the car was dragging a wheel clamp with it.

“It’s incredible she managed to drive so far without colliding with other vehicles or causing a serious accident. It was extremely dangerous driving and beggars belief she couldn’t have known there was something seriously wrong with the car.”

 

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