Woman jailed after 90mph chase in grandfather's car
A DRUNK woman who took her grandfather's car and led police on a 90mph chase through Bristol has been jailed for 23 months.
Abigail Brimble, pictured, climbed into her 71-year-old grandfather's home in the early hours, went to his bedroom and woke him, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Standing over his bed, she told him: "I'm not going to hurt you, I just want to take your car."
Disqualified driver Brimble took car keys from under his pillow and drove off in a Land Rover Discovery, but police gave chase and she crashed into a tree near Cabot Circus.
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Brimble, 28, of Coleridge Road, Eastville, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified, driving with excess alcohol and without insurance.
The Recorder of Bristol Judge Neil Ford told her she was in breach of a suspended jail term as well as community orders.
He banned Brimble from driving for three years, told her to take an extended driving licence and imposed a £100 victim surcharge.
Neil Treharne, prosecuting, said a "clearly intoxicated" Brimble took her grandfather's car and the stressed pensioner called paramedics because of his heart complaint.
About an hour later, police spotted the Landrover in Fishponds Road, and a pursuit ensued in which Brimble reached speeds of up to 90mph though built-up areas and jumped red traffic lights. The pursuit ended when Brimble crashed the car into a tree near Cabot Circus.
She was found to have 69 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35.
She told police she had been drinking cider, taken prescription drugs and smoked marijuana. Remorseful and apologetic Brimble accepted taking the car as well as the manner of her driving and damage caused.
Giles Nelson, defending, said his client had rowed with her grandfather earlier in the day.