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Woman who drove wrong direction causing four car crash jailed for 10 months

Photo: Surrey Police

A woman who drove the wrong direction on the A331 near Guildford, causing a four car crash, has been jailed for 10 months.

Sandra Walton, 46, of Manor Road in Guildford pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving whilst over the legal alcohol limit.

Walton was also disqualified from driving for three years and five months and will have to take an extended re-test.

Credit: Surrey Police

Walton was travelling southbound on the northbound side of the dual carriageway just after 7.30pm on 16th March.

She crashed into another car which in turn collided with two other vehicles.

Walton suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital for emergency treatment.

The other drivers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Credit: Surrey Police

An investigation found Walton was over the legal alcohol limit at the time of the crash.

Tests suggested there was between 184-243 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood at time of the crash.

The legal limit is 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

Police say this "seriously impaired her ability to drive safely".

“The consequences that night could have been a lot worse and the driver was lucky that no one else was seriously injured. Driving whilst over the limit is illegal and not to mention extremely dangerous."

"I hope the driver has learnt her lesson and that today’s sentence will deter other drivers from putting their lives and the lives of others at risk.”

– Sergeant Eddie Ryan, Serious Collision Investigation Unit