Somerset

Ban for drink-driver who hit charity dancer Ben Hammond

Ben Hammond dancing across the Second Severn Crossing
Image caption Mr Hammond postponed his 1,200-mile dance after he was run over near Wells

A Somerset driver who hit a charity fundraiser who was dancing from John O'Groats to Land's End has been banned from driving for 28 months.

Alanna Rugg, 25, from Wookey, struck Ben Hammond as he was dancing through Polsham near Wells on 3 October.

Mr Hammond, from Bradford-on-Avon, was dancing across the country to raise awareness of the situation in Burma.

At South Somerset Magistrates' Court, Rugg pleaded guilty to three offences including drinking and driving.

Wearing a neon yellow tutu, Mr Hammond had danced for some 1,000 miles (1,600km) before the incident, which left him with cuts and bruises.

The fundraising challenge, which started on 13 August, was scheduled to end a day after the incident.

Rugg, who was arrested near the scene, admitted drinking and driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident.

She was banned from driving for 28 months, ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid community service and told to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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