The Marquis Saint Evremonde
2019-08-09 11:54:15 UTC
Anyone else and their feet wouldn't have touched the ground on the way
to prison ...
8 August 2019 • 9:59pm
A senior police officer who smashed into an oncoming car while trying to
make a hands-free phone call to her MP husband escaped a driving ban
Kerrin Wilson, the assistant chief constable of Lincs Police, strayed
onto the wrong side of the road moments after leaving the force's
headquarters and hit a Hyundai i30 travelling in the opposite direction,
a court was told.
It was claimed the 51-year-old became "distracted" as she tried to find
the Bluetooth button on the steering wheel of her Mini Countryman, and
was "unfamiliar" with the controls because she had only just started
driving the vehicle.
Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard her husband - Phil Wilson, the
Labour MP for Sedgefield - had only collected it from a garage around a
The driver of the other car, Leanne Storr, suffered whiplash and
bruising after being forced off the road, and had to be taken to
hospital following the crash.
Wilson, who pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at
an earlier hearing, was ordered to pay a total of £1,460 in fines and
costs, and had seven points added to her licence.
Wilson, of Heighington, County Durham, didn't appear in court, and her
mitigation was provided via a letter from her solicitor, which said she
'didn't wish to attend' the sentencing hearing.
The letter, which was read to magistrates by a court clerk, said Wilson
accepted taking her eyes off the road "momentarily" to look at the
steering wheel while trying to call her partner.
It added: "She had only been driving it for a week and was unfamiliar
with where the buttons were.
"The next thing she heard was a bang, and she collided with the other
"She accepts the collision was due to her lack of attention to the road
for a matter of seconds. She believes she was travelling at no more than
15 miles per hour."
The court heard the matter was referred to the Crown Prosecution
Service, which recommended Wilson attend a 'driver improvement' course
But she arrived 10 minutes late for the course and was barred from
taking part - then told she would receive a court summons.
Wilson is also being investigated for misconduct in relation to the
crash, and could receive a written warning.