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Woman who had to be rescued from sinking car given 12-month ban for drink driving

Alison Rossiter (left) crashed into the river. Credit: ITV News Anglia/ Policing Wisbech/Facebook

A woman who crashed her car into a Cambridgeshire river and had to be saved has been disqualified for 12 months for drink driving.

Alison Rossiter from Spalding smashed through railings on a bridge at Parson Drove near Wisbech- and was dragged from her sinking car by passing motorist Steve Jones who dived in to save her.

Magistrates, who also fined her £140, said Mrs Rossiter was "lucky to be here".

The car was sinking when Steve Jones jumped in to help Mrs Rossiter. Credit: Policing Wisbech/Facebook.

The 58-year-old admitted to police she had been drinking in a pub - and said the crash was caused by her sneezing which made her glasses fall off.

Following the incident, Mr Jones was praised for his bravery by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, although they did also point out that members of the public shouldn't carry out rescues themselves.