Jilted Derbyshire woman crashed into three cars to get ex’s attention

A Derbyshire mum-of-two crashed into three cars outside her ex-boyfriend’s home in an “extreme” bid to “get his attention” after he blocked her messages, a court heard.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 1:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 1:20 pm

Sarah Bennett, 25, hit her ex-partner’s father’s Ford Transit van at 40mph - rolling her Renault Clio onto its roof - after hitting two other parked cars on the approach.

Chesterfield Magistrates Court heard how Bennett’s ex was woken by his father at his Ripley home at about 1am on August 9 last year to be told someone had crashed into his van.

After running outside he saw his former girlfriend’s Clio on its roof as she crawled out “on her hands and knees”.

Prosecutor Emma Cornell told how single mum Bennett - who had left her two young children at home - had “intentionally” aimed for the Transit van.

She said: “She saw the van outside the house and aimed for that one because it was big and she thought she had a better chance of hitting it.”

Ms Cornell described how in the lead-up to the smash Bennett initially drove past her ex-partner’s home because she was “nervous and did not know if she could do it”.

A note was later found in her car giving her details - which she had written “with the worst case scenario in mind” so that “someone who read it would know who she was”.

Sarah Bennett, 25, hit her ex-partner’s father’s Ford Transit van at 40mph - rolling her Renault Clio onto its roof

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The prosecutor described how moments before the crash Bennett “closed her eyes and screamed”.

She added: “She accepts it was an extreme thing to do to get his attention - she said she wanted to show him how much he was hurting her.

“It was not her intention to put anyone at risk - she is a lady of previous good character.”

Magistrates heard how after crawling out of the car Bennett “didn’t remember anything else”.

Bennett’s solicitor Georgia Collins told how she had been in a relationship with her former partner for three years before it ended.

Ms Collins said he had blocked her messages but would then send her messages on other social media platforms - confusing her.

On the night preceding the crash she had argued with her ex partner’s former partner - and her former partner had shared “explicit images” of Bennett.

Ms Collins said: “She wanted the emotional pain to stop and is embarrassed about what happened - she accepts it was a poor decision. Emotion got the better of her that evening.”

Bennett, of Bullfinch Close, Belper, admitted two counts of criminal damage and one of dangerous driving.

A magistrate told her: “What is very, very clear to us is your deliberate action was incredibly dangerous to other road users - irrespective of the time of day.

“You put other people at extremely high risk - we cannot ignore that.”

Bennett was given a 12-month community order with 10 rehabilitation activity days, a 10-week curfew between 7pm-7am and a 24-month driving ban.

She was also made to pay £85 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

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