Diabetic leaves a trail of destruction on trip to chemist
By The Bristol Post | Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 05:00
A LEARNER driver crashed into a car and then, as the owner of the other car tried to get her attention to swap insurance details, reversed into it a second time.
The Nissan took a battering
The bollard came off worst
Damage caused to the Clio
Bristol Crown Court heard that after the accident Kaneez Butt-Zeeshan then slammed into a parked car, ploughed into a moving van and then finally destroyed a bollard.
The 25-year-old was driving so badly after popping to the chemist alone that schoolchildren gathered to watch.
The diabetic had decided to illegally drive alone to the chemist to pick up medication because she had low blood sugar.
The non-English speaker was arrested and gave police a prepared statement in which she conceded she drove off in panic as her first victim got out of his car.
Butt-Zeeshan admitted making a series of wrong judgements and was truly sorry.
The mother-of-two, aged 25, of Lynton Road, Bedminster, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving without a licence or insurance.
Robert Reid, prosecuting, said it was 4.30pm when, just as parents were collecting youngsters from Victoria Park Junior School, Butt-Zeeshan was on Atlas Road heading to the chemist in her red Nissan Micra.
Mr Reid said: "Matters started off in Atlas Road when the defendant reversed into the front of a black Clio. The driver got out and indicated that he wanted to exchange details.
"She reversed a second time into the black Clio."
The court heard Butt-Zeeshan stopped at the side of the road, followed by the Clio, but she then reversed into a Seat car and continued to drive up Atlas Road.
Mr Reid said: "Witnesses said she was travelling excessively fast. She turned right down Raymend Road, to the junction with St John's Lane. That resulted in her car being embedded in the white van."
The court heard Butt-Zeeshan attempted to reverse away but was initially unsuccessful.
Having freed her car from the tangle she reversed back, flattening a bollard at the corner of the road.
Mr Reid said: "Her husband came and there was a confrontation between various parties.
"One witness reported the headmaster of the school being directed by police to usher children away from the scene."
In her prepared statement to police, the learner driver conceded her catalogue of errors and wrote: "I will not drive alone until I have the correct documents."
Butt-Zeeshan sobbed as Catherine Spedding, defending, said: "There was the first collision and she panicked. She was in a difficult state. She had gone to the chemist to collect her medication. Her blood sugar was low at the time."
Miss Spedding said her client took insulin as well as tablets for diabetes, which was picked up during her pregnancy five years ago.
Miss Spedding told the court: "She was having treatment. She went to the chemist for medication. She was driving on a provisional licence, taking driving lessons. She foolishly decided to leave home and drive the car."
Judge Michael Longman told her: "You simply shouldn't have been driving that car at all. You are an incompetent driver, you haven't got a full driving licence. The result is you were not insured to drive that car and you appear to have been in a hurry, for whatever reason."
He handed Butt-Zeeshan a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. She was told to observe a 16-week tagged curfew in which she must stay at home from 8pm to 6am, banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to take an extended driving test. She was also told to pay £250 prosecution costs, instead of the brunt falling on public funds.