Woman convicted of dangerous driving on A27

The driver of the Mini Cooper has been convicted of dangerous driving. Picture: Sussex Police
The driver of the Mini Cooper has been convicted of dangerous driving. Picture: Sussex Police

A woman has been convicted of dangerous driving after a collision on the A27 at Worthing injured two people on November 19 last year, police said.

Beverley Thomas, 56, of Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, appeared before Worthing magistrates on Friday (June 23) and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while her licence was revoked, according to police.

A police spokesman said: “She was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. She was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended driving test before she can obtain another licence.”

Sergeant Rob Baldwin, of the Sussex and Surrey road policing unit, said: “It appeared that Ms Thomas had unintentionally joined the westbound A27 towards Arundel when she decided to turn her Mini Cooper around in the car park of the Coach and Horses public house.

“She exited on the wrong side of the road and attempted to drive across the A27 through a gap in the central reservation, which was prohibited from doing by ‘No Entry’ signs.

“As she began crossing the road, she caused one car to brake heavily to avoid a collision, but then a Ford Focus in the outside lane did collide with her car. Both drivers were injured.”

“It transpired during our investigation into the crash that the DVLA had previously revoked Ms Thomas’s driving licence in February 2016 and so she should not have been driving.”

Anyone with information about someone driving without a licence or while disqualified can contact Sussex Police here or by phoning 101, quoting Operation Crackdown.