Drunk driver jailed for mowing down childhood pal

Sharon Ball was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
Sharon Ball was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

A woman has been jailed for two years for going behind the wheel when drunk then knocking down and badly injuring a childhood pal.

Sean Clements suffered burns and was put in a coma after Sharon Ball drove over the top of him, Hamilton Sheriff Court was told.

Mr Clements (24) described how he was trapped under the Peugeot 307 which went off the road and hit him and friend Steven Millar as they sat on the grass.

A crowd of horrified onlookers rushed to help and pulled the car to one side as they tried to rescue Sean, of Viewpark, who was knocked out cold.

He spent a month in hospital and suffered third degree burns to his lower back and buttocks from Ball’s spinning tyres.

He had a bruised left lung and cuts to his scalp. He also had extensive skin grafts to treat his burns.

Ball (25), of Holytown Road, Mossend, admitted hitting Sean while two and a half times over the drink limit in Viewpark in July last year.

Sean said: “I am still struggling to get over what happened. Sharon and I have been pals for years and we even lived together at one point.

“We had been having a drink together that day with other friends and there had been no arguments. Sharon disappeared and turned up later, racing up and down the street.

“I thought she was just drunk and trying to show off. Then at one point I turned round and all I could see was the lights of the car coming right towards me.

“I had no time to get away and that’s the last thing I remember.”

Paula Russell, prosecuting, said factory worker Ball had driven at excessive speed. She added: “The vehicle was revving loudly and members of the public were shouting at Miss Ball to slow down.

“The window of the car was open and in response she began laughing at them and continued driving in the manner she had been.

“She drove on to the grass embankment where Mr Clements and Mr Miller were sitting. She made no attempt to steer away from them.”

Mr Millar had injuries to his stomach and leg. A doctor said that, without quick treatment, Mr Clements’s injuries could have been life-threatening.

Defence agent John Costello admitted there was little that could be said on behalf of Ball who gave birth to a child three months ago.

Put simply, she had drunk far too much to be driving.

Sheriff Vincent Smith told Ball there was no alternative to a prison sentence. He also banned her from driving for three years.