King’s Lynn woman who admitted dangerous driving almost hit eight-year-old who was playing football with father on green

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd. Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
8:37 PM

A woman who drove after her partner while drunk following an argument narrowly missed hitting an eight year old boy who was playing football in the park with his father, a court has heard.

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Joanne Pratt, 43, of Highgate, King’s Lynn, appeared at Norwich Crown Court to be sentenced after previously admitting dangerous driving and driving while above the legal alcohol limit on February 22 this year.

Andrea Lock, prosecuting, said Pratt, who also admitted being in possession of cannabis, had an altercation with her long-term partner on the afternoon of February 22 and was later seen driving erratically around the Lynn area by a number of people. One described her driving at “walking pace” close to a man in a yellow top who was walking to the left of the defendant’s car.

The court heard Pratt followed the man onto a green area, between Winston Churchill Drive and Bader Close, and was seen by a man playing football with his eight year old son to drive at the man in the yellow top, believed to be her partner.

But Ms Lock said the boy was between Pratt and the man in the yellow top and was said to go within two feet of the boy by his father who could only scream at his son as he was too far away to come to his aid.

The car missed the boy and the man in the yellow top and hit a car on the other side of the green.

Pratt was later arrested nearby and when breath tested was found to have 78 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

She was also found to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis.

Jonathan Goodman, mitigating, said Pratt was “utterly horrified” by her behaviour and realised she must now pay the penalty.

Sentencing Pratt to three months imprisonment suspended for 18 months, 80 hours unpaid work, 18 months supervision and ordering her to complete a women’s emotional wellbeing programme, Judge Katharine Moore described it as a “disgraceful piece of behaviour” adding it was “more by luck than judgement that there were no serious injuries”.

She was also disqualified from driving for 12 months and told she must take an extended retest before she will be allowed to drive again.

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