Woman disqualified from driving for 18 months after driving through road closure at collision scene

A woman has been disqualified from driving for 18 months after she drove through a road closure sign at a serious collision.

Nadia Abdul-Karim, aged 29, from Faringdon, Oxfordshire, pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without due care when she appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court on 4 October.

On the evening of 13 September 2017, officers were dealing with a collision on the A419, when Abdul-Karim drove her Volkswagen Polo through the road closure in the direction of officers who were working to clear the scene.

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She was stopped by an officer at the scene and provided a positive sample of breath at the roadside.

As well as the disqualification, Adbul-Karim was fined a total of £650 and ordered to pay a surcharge to the court of £50 and £85 Crown Prosecution Service costs.

PC James Barrett said: “Abdul-Karim showed no intention of slowing down at the road closure while officers were dealing with a serious collision – it was fortunate that nobody was hurt as a result of her actions.

“There is never an excuse for drink driving. Getting behind the wheel having consumed alcohol not just puts yourself in danger, but other road users and pedestrians too. Alcohol can seriously affect your judgement and reactions and it is simply not worth the risk.

“I’d encourage anyone wishing to report an incident of drink driving to call police on 101, or 999 in an emergency and provide as much detail in relation to the vehicle as possible.”