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Jailed: Shrewsbury woman in wrong side of the road drink-drive crash into family attending festival

A Shrewsbury woman who crashed into a family of four while drunk leaving a festival has been jailed.

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Kayleigh Spain, 35, of White Hart, was sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court after admitting charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and driving a motor vehicle when her alcohol level was above the legal limit.

Spain had driven onto the wrong side of the road and crashed her black Mercedes A-Class into a van being driven by Ben Hanson, carrying his wife Erica, and two young children, on the morning of August 14 last year.

The family had been returning to the Farmer Phil's Festival in Ratlinghope, near Church Stretton, having fetched breakfast, while Spain had been leaving the event.

Spain told police she could not remember driving the car, and was found to be three times over the limit through a roadside breath test.

Although the result of the roadside test was not admissible in court, Spain was still over the limit when she was tested by police 11 hours later.

A previous hearing had been told Spain's decision to drive had been triggered by messages she had received on the morning relating to her relationship, which left her in a state of distress.

The court had heard that after the crash she had initially told Mr Hanson that her boyfriend had been driving and had run off.

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