A drink-driving automobile thief who livestreamed a 100mph motorway crash has been jailed.
other-of-four Asta Vinksnaite will spend 11 months of her greater than two-year sentence behind bars.
The 32-year-old was additionally handed a three-year ban from the roads.
A decide at Antrim Crown Courtroom mentioned Vinksnaite had been “ready to place herself and others vulnerable to harm”.
The listening to was advised she ought to be launched by Christmas, and that the authorities hoped her “incarceration will probably be put behind her”.
The defendant, from Dunclug Gardens in Ballymena, admitted numerous expenses together with inflicting grievous bodily harm by careless driving with extra alcohol, aggravated automobile taking inflicting grievous bodily harm, and inflicting injury.
Passenger Vytautas Mikulinas, from the Granville Street in Portadown, admitted aggravated automobile taking inflicting harm and injury.
The 32-year-old was prosecuted on the idea he knew Vinksnaite, his ex-girlfriend, had been consuming and didn’t have permission to drive the Lexus she finally crashed.
He walked free, nevertheless, after the decide suspended his nine-month jail sentence for 2 years.
Police referred to as to the M2 at Ballymena within the early hours of July 25, 2021, had been confronted with a closely broken Lexus that had crashed right into a barrier after which a concrete bridge.
Vinksnaite and Mikulinas had been spoken to on the scene, and whereas neither confirmed who had been driving, each had been discovered to be over the restrict.
A backseat passenger was admitted to hospital with critical accidents together with a damaged neck, a damaged collar bone, a damaged shoulder, damaged ribs, a damaged wrist and a damaged jaw.
He advised the police that they had all been consuming earlier than getting within the automobile and he may bear in mind little in regards to the accident, aside from that Vinksnaite had been “driving very quick and the automobile was getting in circles”.
When she was interviewed by the police, the defendant admitted she was not insured.
She additionally estimated that she was travelling at 100mph previous to the crash.
She had been livestreaming herself driving earlier than the accident, with round 300 individuals watching, a few of whom pleaded together with her to decelerate earlier than she ultimately misplaced management.
The court docket was advised that her actions had been “not far in need of (the brink for) harmful driving” and concerned grossly extreme velocity.
It was additionally revealed on the listening to that she has a number of motoring convictions.
Her first court docket look for drink driving got here simply two days earlier than the devastating accident.
“She’s solely too pleased to drive illegally, and that’s a possible concern because it provides rise to the danger of great harm,” mentioned Choose Roseanne McCormick KC.
A defence lawyer mentioned Vinksnaite was holding down a job and making an attempt to construct household relationships, and referred to as for a mix order reasonably than a custodial sentence.
Whereas Choose McCormick disagreed and jailed the drink driver, she imposed an extended than regular licence interval to permit Vinksnaite time to handle her “impulsive and harmful behaviour.”