Grandmother who has clocked up NINETY motoring offences is jailed

Is this Britain’s worst driver? Grandmother, 44, who has clocked up NINETY motoring offences over 27 years is jailed for 12 months after crashing her stolen car in hit and run

  • Kerry Taylor, 44, was arrested again after crashing stolen Renault Clio in August
  • The mother-of-three veered into the path of oncoming traffic in a bid to escape
  • Inquiries revealed Taylor, of Wigan, had driving convictions dating back to 1994
  • She was sentenced to 12 months in prison and branded a ‘danger to the roads’

A grandmother who clocked up 90 motoring offences while terrorising the roads for over 27 years has been jailed for 12 months.

Kerry Taylor, 44, was arrested again after ignoring two driving bans and crashing a stolen car during a hit and run on August 9.

She ploughed the Renault Clio into a Toyota Aygo before veering onto the wrong side of the road and into the path of oncoming traffic in a bid to escape.

Inquiries revealed the mother-of-three had motoring convictions dating back to 1994 including for drink driving, drug driving and failing to stop after an accident.

At Bolton Crown Court, Taylor, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, broke down in tears as she was sentenced to 12 months in prison and branded a ‘danger to the roads’.

Kerry Taylor (pictured above), 44, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, was arrested again after ignoring two driving bans and crashing her stolen car during a hit and run on August 9

Seven weeks before the hit and run, Taylor had been given a 30-month road ban after driving a VW Golf while four times the drug-drive limit.

In April she was handed a 12-month disqualification for driving the same car while eight times the drug limit. 

She was also given a further 40-month driving ban after admitting aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop and having no insurance.

The hit-and-run crash occurred after Taylor was seen driving the Clio which had been stolen two weeks earlier from an Amazon delivery driver who had been dropping off parcels.

Gemma Maxwell, prosecuting, said: ‘Officers saw the Clio being reversed at speed whereupon it collided with the Toyota. 

‘It then accelerated away and was driven at speed on the wrong side of the road forcing oncoming vehicles to take evasive action.

‘At the time the road was very busy, there were a lot of vehicles and little room for manoeuvre, police pursed the vehicle and it was stopped when she was hemmed in when other officer arrived on the scene. 

‘She was removed from the car but made no reply.’

In a statement Kevin Sharman, the Toyota owner who is in his 80s, said: ‘My car had to be written off due to the significant damage caused.

‘It was worth £2,100 but insurers only paid £1,650 and I’m now out of pocket. I’m really upset but I’m very surprised I didn’t suffer any serious injury due to the level of force of the impact. 

The grandmother ploughed the Renault Clio into a Toyota Aygo before veering onto the wrong side of the road and into the path of oncoming traffic in a bid to escape

Taylor (above) had motoring convictions from 1994 and 1998 and in 2003 was twice convicted of careless driving and failing to stop after an accident, the court heard

‘I’ve been driving for 60 years and never had any kind of accident.’

Taylor had motoring convictions from 1994 and 1998 and in 2003 was twice convicted of careless driving and failing to stop after an accident, the court heard. 

She was convicted of drink driving in 2006 and then twice for drug driving earlier this year.

She also has a record for burglary and raided a house while on crutches in 2018. Last May she was convicted of stealing £296 worth of groceries from a Sainsbury’s store.

In mitigation, defence counsel Claire Brocklebank said Taylor had issues with epilepsy, anxiety and depression and had been planning to drive the stolen Clio to her local chemist to pick up a prescription.

She said: ‘She had been making some changes in her life in particular abstaining from drugs and obtaining stable accommodation. She feels stupid for committing this offence.

Taylor also has a record for burglary and raided a house while on crutches in 2018. Last May she was convicted of stealing £296 worth of groceries from a Sainsbury’s store

‘She said there was a delay in getting a repeat prescription for herself and when the chemist rang her to say it had come through, she made the decision to drive this car in the way she did – something which she now thoroughly regrets.’

Ms Brocklebank added: ‘Others will be affected if she goes to prison. Her 15-year-old daughter requires extra schooling and one to one tutoring and has not dealt very well with the fact her mum is currently in custody.

‘Her other daughter has a grandson but is now a single mum. The defendant had helped with childcare and plays a big part in his life. 

‘She is remorseful about the incident and has been tearful about the fact she has let herself and her partner down.’

Sentencing Judge Graeme Smith told Taylor: ‘It is very unusual for me to be sentencing a woman for dangerous driving – it is almost always young men who are driving in police chases.

‘But you took a very reckless and stupid decision to drive a stolen car in this dangerous manner when you had been disqualified not once but twice within the preceding few months.

‘You are assessed at being a high risk of re-offending and it is quite clear to me that you are currently a danger to the public when you are behind the wheel of a car.’ 

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