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Gran, 44, jailed for 90 driving offences in 27 years of terrorising the roads

Mum-of-three Kerry Taylor, 44, was branded a ‘danger to the public’ when behind the wheel by a judge who jailed her for 12 months after she ignored two driving bans

Kerry Taylor, 44, has been sentenced to 12 months in jail after racking up 90 offences in 27 years

A grandmother has been jailed after clocking up 90 offences during a 27-year history of terrorising the roads.

Kerry Taylor, 44, was arrested again after she ignored two driving bans and caused a hit and run smash whilst taking a stolen car for a joyride.

Police pursued her after she ploughed the Renault Clio into a Toyota Aygo before veering onto the wrong side of the road and into the path of oncoming traffic in a bid to get away.

Inquiries revealed the cocaine-snorting mother-of-three had motoring convictions dating back to 1994, including for drink driving, drug driving and failing to stop after an accident.

Just seven weeks before last month’s hit and run, Taylor had been given a 30-month road ban after driving a VW Golf whilst four times the drug-drive limit.

In April, she was given a 12-month disqualification for driving the same car whilst eight times the drug limit.

At Bolton Crown Court, Taylor, of Lower Ince, Wigan, broke down in tears as she was jailed for 12 months and branded a ”danger to the roads” by a judge.

Taylor, who has a one-year-old grandson, was also given a further 40-month driving ban after she admitted aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, failing to stop and having no insurance.



Taylor ignored two driving bans and caused a hit and run smash while driving a stolen car
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The mum-of-three was branded a ‘danger to the public’ by the sentencing judge
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The crash occurred on August 9 this year after Taylor was seen driving the Clio which had been stolen two weeks earlier from an Amazon delivery driver who had been out dropping off parcels.

The Clio was being reversed at speed by Taylor, whereupon it collided with the Toyota, the court heard.

“It then accelerated away and was driven at speed on the wrong side of the road forcing oncoming vehicles to take evasive action.

”At the time the road was very busy, there were a lot of vehicles and little room for manoeuvre, Police pursed the vehicle and it was stopped when she was hemmed in when other officer arrived on the scene.

“She was removed from the car but made no reply.”

In a statement the Toyota owner Kevin Sharman, who is in his 80s, said: ”My car had to be written off due to the significant damage caused.

”It was worth £2,100 but insurers only paid £1,650 and I’m now out of pocket. I’m really upset but I’m very surprised I didn’t suffer any serious injury due to the level of force of the impact.

“I’ve been driving for 60 years and never had any kind of accident.”

The court heard Taylor had motoring convictions from 1994 and 1998, and in 2003 was twice convicted of careless driving and failing to stop after an accident. She was convicted of drink driving in 2006 and then twice for drug driving earlier this year.

She also has a record for burglary and in 2018 she raided a house whilst on crutches, while last May she was convicted of stealing £296 worth of groceries from a Sainsburys store.



She was also given a further 40-month driving ban
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The grandmother had motoring convictions dating back to 1994 including for drink driving, drug driving and failing to stop after an accident
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Kerry Taylor/ Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd)




In mitigation, defence counsel Claire Brocklebank said Taylor had issues with epilepsy, anxiety and depression and had been planning to drive the stolen Clio to her local chemist to pick up a prescription.

She added: ”She had been making some changes in her life in particular abstaining from drugs and obtaining stable accommodation. She feels stupid for committing this offence.

”She said there was a delay in getting a repeat prescription for herself and when the chemist rang her to say it had come through, she made the decision to drive this car in the way she did – something which she now thoroughly regrets.”

Miss Brocklebank added: ”Others will be affected if she goes to prison. Her 15-year-old daughter requires extra schooling and one to one tutoring and has not dealt very well with the fact her mum is currently in custody.







”Her other daughter has a grandson but is now a single mum. The defendant had helped with childcare and plays a big part in his life.

“She is remorseful about the incident and has been tearful about the fact she has let herself and her partner down.”

Sentencing Judge Graeme Smith told Taylor: ”It is very unusual for me to be sentencing a woman for dangerous driving – it is almost always young men who are driving in police chases.

”But you took a very reckless and stupid decision to drive a stolen car in this dangerous manner when you had been disqualified not once but twice within the preceding few months.

”You are assessed at being a high risk of re-offending and it is quite clear to me that you are currently a danger to the public when you are behind the wheel of a car.”


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