A drugged-up beautician has been spared jail after leading cops on a 120mph chase while high on heroin and crack cocaine.
Mum-of-three Paige Thomason, 28, walked free from Liverpool Crown Court despite ticking “almost every aggravating feature of dangerous driving”.
Shocking CCTV footage showed her flying through five sets of red lights after a manic 2:40am police chase from Bootle to Ormskirk – a distance of 15 miles.
The Liverpool Echo told how she fled to a local pub after ploughing into a set of traffic lights, before being tracked down by a sniffer dog.
Thomason made no comment during a police interview, but later admitted having consumed crack cocaine, heroin and alcohol.
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She admitted dangerous driving; driving while disqualified, without a licence, and without insurance; and failing to provide a sample.
Thomason was previously locked up for 10 months in 2011 after stabbing an ex-boyfriend.
Louise McCloskey, defending, accepted her client "ticked almost every aggravating feature" of dangerous driving but said "substance abuse" underpinned her actions.
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She said: "She had a complete and utter disregard for her own life at that point.
"Unfortunately, by virtue of that disregard your honour, she also did not think about the consequences to others if she was to collide with someone."
Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said he was struggling to see how he could do anything other than jail Thomason.
He raged: "You could have killed yourself and somebody else. It's only good fortune that didn't happen.
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"You owe Ms McCloskey a debt of gratitude because she has persuaded me to give you the chance the author of the pre-sentence report has suggested I should give you.
"I'm only giving you that chance because I believe this would not have happened but for your substance misuse, the drugs and alcohol, and your mental health problems.
"I'm going to give you an opportunity to work through those and see if you can put them behind you and move on in your life."
Judge Flewitt handed Thomason eight months in prison, suspended for two years, and a three-year road ban.
He said she must carry out a 25-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and a six-month Drug Rehabilitation Requirement.
The judge also ordered her to comply with a three-month home curfew from 7pm to 7am daily.
He reserved any breaches to himself and said if Thomason returned to court, she would likely face jail.
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