A MOTORIST contacted police after seeing a woman drive into the back of a lorry and continue her journey without stopping.

Blackburn magistrates heard in the course of her trip, from Burnley Road to Eagle Street in Accrington, Lorraine Hayes hit the kerb and a roundabout.

And after getting out of her vehicle at Onward Housing she fell backwards into her car before stumbling into the offices.

Hayes, 58, of Spencer Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and two charges of assaulting an emergency worker, police officers, in the execution of their duty. All the offences took place on January 27.

Hayes was banned from driving for 23 months, made subject to a community order for 12 months with 20 days rehabilitation activity requirement and a curfew for two months between 7pm and 7am. She was ordered to pay £45 costs and £90 victim surcharge and £75 compensation to the police officers.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said the witness who saw Hayes collide with the back of the lorry described her driving as erratic.

When officers went into Onward Housing to arrest Hays she became extremely aggressive and both officers were kicked. When asked why she had kicked one of them she said: “He must have nice shins.”

She gave a breathalyser reading of 93 against the legal limit of 35.

Damian Pickup, defending, said his client accepted her conduct had been deplorable.

“Her behaviour on this day was completely out of character,” said Mr Pickup.

“It is a shame to see her appearing before the courts for the first time at her age.”