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Driving ban for Southampton wrong-way driver

Southampton train station Image copyright Google
Image caption Lauren Gould drove for two miles on the wrong side of the road

A woman has been banned from driving and given a suspended prison sentence after admitting dangerous driving in Southampton city centre.

Lauren Gould, 27, drove for two miles on the wrong side of the road, narrowly avoiding two crashes in the early hours of on 21 December.

The mother of two was sentenced to 10 months, suspended for two years at Southampton Crown Court.

Judge Peter Henry said it would have been "catastrophic" if she had crashed.

The court heard Gould, of Milborne Crescent, Poole, Dorset, had driven for a total of five miles (8km) from the city's train station under the influence of alcohol.

She stopped when she was forced to by a tanker lorry which had stopped on the road.

The judge described her driving as "appalling" and "terribly dangerous" and told her that had it not been for her young children she would have been jailed.

Gould was ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work and given a two year driving ban.

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