Sandra Walton: Drunk motorist who caused four-car collision by driving wrong way down busy road jailed

Sandra Walton has been jailed for the offence

Sandra Walton has been jailed for the offence

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A drunk motorist who caused a massive pile-up after driving down the wrong carriageway of the A331 has been jailed.

Sandra Walton was sentenced to 10 months' imprisonment yesterday (November 29) at Guildford Crown Court. She was also disqualified from driving for 3 years and 5 months and will have to take and extended re-test.

Walton, 46 and of Guildford, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving whilst over the legal alcohol limit.

Just after 7.30pm on 16 March, Walton was travelling southbound on the northbound lane of the dual carriageway, she collided with another car which in turn caused a further collision with two other vehicles.

Walton suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital for emergency treatment. The other drivers received minor injuries and were treated at the scene by ambulance.

A full investigation followed and officers discovered that Walton was over the legal alcohol limit at the time of the incident. A back calculation  suggested a range between 184-243 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood at the time of the crash - over twice the legal limit of 80 milligrammes. 

Sergeant Eddie Ryan, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “The consequences that night could have been a lot worse and the driver was lucky that no one-else was seriously injured. Driving whilst over the limit is illegal and not to mention extremely dangerous.  

"I hope the driver has learnt her lesson and that today’s sentence will deter other drivers from putting their lives and the lives of others at risk.”