Kristina Long, who was crowned the first official Miss Bolton in 2010, has now been jailed for a hit and run incident when she was drunk behind the wheel. On the night of the incident Miss Long, who worked at a law firm at the time, had been at her work Christmas party and decided to drive herself and some friends to Manchester.
When driving through a 20 mph zone in Salford Crescent she ran over a pedestrian, David Robinson. The Court was told that at the time of impact Miss Long was travelling in excess of 30 mph and was distracted by one of her passengers who was being sick at the time. Rather than stopping at the scene of the accident she then drove a further 21 miles home where a relative called the police on her behalf. When Miss Long was arrested and breathalysed, nearly 2 hours after the incident, she was still over the legal limit.
Her victim suffered devastating injuries including a broken neck and leg, a pelvic fracture and bleeding on the brain. His condition at one point was described as life-threatening. Although he is now beginning to recover, he still struggles with some basic physical tasks, which is a far cry from the man who was an active skier and runner prior to the crash.
Miss Long was charged with dangerous driving causing serious injury, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and drink driving. She attended Manchester Crown Court where she pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to 12 months custody and a two year disqualification from driving. It was also ordered that an extended re-test must be completed before Miss Long’s licence can be re-instated.
Earlier this week details were released by Leicester Police confirming that two officers have now left the force after drink driving convictions. It seems as though regardless of profession, people are still susceptible to making errors of judgement when deciding to drink and drive.
By Alex Garner, motoring offences team