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Hippy crack driver jailed after causing serious injury to passengers after driving on wrong side of the road

A reckless young woman crashed her car and seriously injured her two passengers after she inhaled ‘hippy crack’ at the wheel.

Jordanna Best, 21, had an inflated balloon of nitrous oxide in her mouth when she drove on the wrong side of the road on a blind bend in Carrington, Trafford.

She ploughed her Ford Ka into an oncoming van late at night on Thursday, March 10.

One of her passengers suffered a fractured vertebra and injuries to her liver, while the other passenger was left with broken ribs.

The van driver also received cuts and bruises and Best was left with fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.

Jordanna Carol Best Jordanna Carol Best

Best was sentenced to 20 months in prison at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday. She will also be disqualified from driving for two years and 10 months on her release from custody, and after that must take an extended re-test before she is allowed back on the road.

David Graham, senior crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said: “Jordanna Best has today been sentenced for causing serious and life threatening injuries to her two passengers due to driving her car dangerously.

“She took a series of risks that night, putting other road users, as well as her passengers, at serious risk of harm with disastrous consequences.”

Jordanna, from Partington, Trafford, drove her car while inhaling nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, which makes users feel euphoric and relaxed. Some people also experience hallucinations after taking the drug.

Jordanna Carol Best Jordanna Carol Best

David added: “Not only would this have affected her ability to drive safely, it meant she had to drive with only one hand on the steering wheel, while the balloon she inhaled from would also have obscured her view through the windscreen.”

She overtook another car before drifting again over the solid white lines into the path of oncoming traffic, while on a blind bend, meaning the van driver she collided with did not stand a chance of avoiding the collision.

“As a direct result of her reckless actions, her two passengers were serious injured, the van driver was injured, plus she also received fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.

“Her actions alone were responsible for this serious collision that risked the lives of those involved. This case serves as an example of the consequences of dangerous driving. The Crown Prosecution Service and police are dedicated to bringing to justice those who do not drive safely on our roads”, David said.



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