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Spondon driver banned after becoming trapped on level crossing

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Media captionLeighanne Mouser, 27, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving

A driver who jumped red lights and became stuck on a level crossing has been banned from driving and handed a five-month suspended jail sentence.

Leighanne Mouser, 27, of Spondon, Derbyshire, who became trapped behind the barriers, was only able to escape when a CCTV operator spotted her and activated the barrier.

Mouser pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Derby Magistrate's Court.

In addition to the two-year ban, she was ordered to pay £85 in court costs.

'Extremely lucky'

Following the sentencing, a spokesman for British Transport Police said her actions had been "unbelievable".

"She was extremely lucky that a train was not coming at the time or the outcome would have been unthinkable," he said.

"Most accidents are as a result of impatience - not being prepared to wait and trying to beat the train. For the sake of 60 seconds, a little patience can prevent lives being ruined."

Mouser was also ordered to take "an extended retest".

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