A 'COMPLETE idiot' drink driver crashed her car and hid from police in a 'dark corner' following the Halloween horror smash.

Karolinn Allen of Worcester had drunk close to a bottle of wine when she crashed her Citroen C3 on the A38 at Droitwich following a blowout near the Chateau Impney. The sobbing drink driver tried to run and hide when police turned up at the scene.

The 45-year-old of College Street, Worcester, admitted drink driving when she appeared before magistrates in Worcester on Thursday following the crash at 12.13am on October 31 this year.

Ralph Robyns-Landricombe, prosecuting, said officers arrived to find the Citroen with a blowout on the front nearside and missing the front bumper.

He added: "A female at the scene had run towards the Chateau Impney and away from the police as they arrived and was found concealed in a dark corner next to a hedge. The defendant was upset and appeared to be crying."

A roadside breath test was positive and she was arrested. The evidential reading at the police station was 53mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, above the legal limit of 35mcg.

In interview 'she said she had drunk just under a bottle of wine' when she had a message from a friend who lived in Redditch and drove to go and see them.

As she approached the Chateau Impney she said her tyre 'went flat or popped'.

"This caused her to lose control of the car and hit the roadside" said Mr Robyns-Landricombe.

Allen, who was of previous good character, represented herself at the hearing. She told magistrates: "I have got no excuse for what happened that evening. I have never drunk drove in my life before. It was a stupid decision. The reason I was so upset was because I knew I had been a complete idiot.

"I have been driving for 29 years and I have never done it once."

She said she was in full time work but at the moment was on furlough due to the Covid-19 pandemic, explaining that she had outgoings including rent, a mortgage, bills and child maintenance.

Magistrates banned her from driving for 12 months, fined her £313 and ordered her to pay costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £34.

The bench did offer her the drink driver's rehabilitation course which, if completed successfully, reduces the length of her ban by 12 weeks.