Mum who left friend with smashed skull jailed after high speed car chase

A mum led police on a high speed chase across the motorway network weeks after she was spared jail for an incident in which she fractured her friend’s skull.

Hannah Kellett drove her Audi S3 at around 20mph while Emma Currie was sat on the bonnet. When Kellett braked sharply, Ms Currie fell off the car and suffered a serious head injury.

During a hearing on February 23 at Liverpool Crown court, Judge Trevor-Jones handed Kellett a suspended sentence and disqualified her from from driving for three years

However on March 20 Kellett was involved in a high speed pursuit in the same car across the motorway network.

Chester Crown Court was told Kellett, while banned from banned from driving, was involved in a chase that started on the M53 in Wirral and ended at Lymm services in Cheshire.

The pursuit began when a traffic police officer tried to encourage Kellett to pull over after she was seen driving with fog lights on.

The court heard she then perfumed an « aggressive u-turn » and then drove off at speed.

At one point Kellett turned her Audi’s lights off in a bid to hide from police, and eventually arrived at Lymm services.

Kellett and a friend ran from the car but were detained by officers nearby.

Kellett had initially claimed she was not the driver but later pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance, while also being in breach of her suspended sentence.

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Judge Steven Everett jailed Kellett, 27, of Grasmere Avenue in Orford, for 20 months and disqualified her from driving for four years.

In February Liverpool Crown court heard how a neighbour of Kellett witnessed the incident which resulted in her friend being rushed to hospital.

Kenneth Grant, prosecuting, said: « She was looking out of the window and said to herself ‘Here we go again’ as she stated there is ‘always drama’ with this car and the residents are ‘sick of the driver speeding up and down the street’ and beeping the horn. »

The court heard how Ms Currie had to be rushed to hospital after being flung from the bonnet when Kellett braked sharply.

Ms Currie’s injuries included a fracture to the base of her skull and a bleed on the brain as well as a fractured right leg.

Hannah Kellett, 26, of Grasmere Avenue, Warrington, broke her friend's skull after she sat on her car bonnet
Hannah Kellett, 26

After initially being admitted to Whiston Hospital the court heard Ms Currie was transferred to the Walton Centre, but after a second CT scan and before planned surgery could take place on her ankle, she discharged herself from hospital.

Kellett provided a no comment interview to police but later admitted one charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Judge Trevor-Jones noted Kellett had been of good character, adding « you are the primary carer for your six-year-old son. »

Kellett was on that occasion handed a 12 month sentence suspended for two years as well as 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and 120 hours of unpaid work. She was also disqualified from driving for three years.

The court on that occasion heard that Kellett had been training as a midwife but dropped out of the course after the incident in which her friend was seriously injured.