South Scotland

Dumfries car strike woman avoids jail term

Dumfries Sheriff Court
Image caption The court was told Allan drove her car at a group of people on a pavement

A motorist who drove her car at a group of people, hitting one woman to the danger of her life, has avoided jail.

Sheriff Kenneth Ross told Adele Allan, 30, of Queen Street, Dumfries, she could have been facing a more serious charge and a 10-year prison sentence.

She admitted recklessly driving onto a pavement in the town's Brooms Road in June last year.

Allan was given a year's probation, 300 hours community service and banned from driving for three years.

The court heard that on the day of the incident she had been at a party being hosted by Lesley Callander.

Both women were celebrating their birthdays.

Later in the day, Allan had got involved in a "silly argument" and had left the party "clearly drunk".

Hit windscreen

She then got into her car and was seen carrying out a three-point turn before mounting the pavement.

The court heard how Ms Callander was swept onto the bonnet of the vehicle and hit the windscreen before being thrown into some bushes.

Allan admitted the driving offence and also failing to provide a breath specimen to police.

The sheriff told her she could have been facing a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

However, he added that in view of her lack of a criminal record he would not impose a jail term.

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