Neglect of a young person leads to a community order

A north Northumberland woman was banned from driving for two years and handed a community order of unpaid work after admitting two offences.

Gemma Emblen, 21, pleaded guilty to two charges at Berwick Magistrates’ Court – the neglect of a young person and the failure, as a driver, to provide a specimen for analysis.

Speaking for the Crown Prosecution Service, James Long, said: “The defendant, having had a drink, decided to drive a really short distance.”

He went on to describe how witnesses, sitting in their garden between 10pm and11pm on July 5, became aware of a vehicle on the road by their house.

They found that the vehicle had extensive damage to its near rear-side, enough that the car’s two airbags had deployed.

It later transpired the car had hit a wall.

Upon seeing a young child in the car, the witnesses had to break a window to open the rear door and get the child out.

Meanwhile, another witness having dialled 999, Emblen abused the emergency call-taker, something that her solicitor put down to ‘extreme anxiety’.

Speaking in defence, Ian O’Rourke said the defendant was very remorseful.

In sentencing, magistrates said the offence was serious enough to impose a 12-month community order. The order has the requirements that the defendant must undertake 80 hours of unpaid work.

She was disqualified from driving for two years, a ban which can be reduced by 24 weeks should she undertake a driver rehabilitation course, which Emblen accepted.

She must also pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £125.