Lying mum took rap for ‘obscenely’ drunk NHS worker daughter who rolled car on A500


A mother and daughter lied to police after one of them flipped her car on the A500 when more than five times the drink-drive limit.

Paige Ingram, aged 26, was on the D-road when she hit the central reservation and overturned her Vauxhall Corsa.

Her mum, Karen Ingram, aged 51, was in the passenger seat at the time.

Both women falsely claimed that Karen had been behind the wheel.

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But officers were suspicious and also breathalysed Paige who gave a positive roadside breath test of 178 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than five times the legal limit.

At the police station she was breathalysed again and her lower reading was 157 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – four-and-a-half times the legal limit.

Both defendants later came clean and admitted it was in fact Paige who had been the driver.



Karen Ingram, aged 51, admitted perverting the course of public justice.

Now both women have been handed suspended jail sentences at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Ben Lawrence said Paige called the police at 3.20am on November 7 to report a collision near Sideway bridge – six miles away from the defendants’ home in Leonard Street, Burslem.

Mr Lawrence said: “Police found a Vauxhall Corsa owned by Paige. Both defendants were insured to drive it. It was substantially damaged. It seems the vehicle had flipped and rolled before coming to a rest.

“The defendants suffered no significant injuries.

“When officers arrived both said Karen had been driving. Karen said she had drunk a bottle of Lambrini and was observed to be slurring her words.

“She took part in a roadside breath test and gave a reading of 118 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – three-and-a-half times the legal limit of 35. She was arrested and placed in the back of a police vehicle.

“The two officers had a discussion about who called the report in and mentioned it was Paige. Karen said, ‘Don’t do this to her, she works for the NHS’.

“That raised the suspicions of officers. They breathalysed Paige who gave a reading of 178 – more than five times the legal limit. She was taken to the police station and her lowest reading was 157 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – four-and-a-half times the legal limit.”

Both women were interviewed and continued with their lie. Paige said Karen had been the driver and the car flipped. She claimed she had two drinks of vodka. Karen also said she had been the driver and the car had rolled a couple of times.

But two days later Paige admitted she was the driver. Karen later admitted she had not been driving.

Both defendants, of Leonard Street, Burslem, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of public justice. Paige also admitted drink-driving.

Stuart Muldoon, mitigating for Paige, said if she had not contacted the police two days after the collision it is likely she would not have been brought to justice.

He said his client, who has no previous convictions, worked as a nursing assistant during the pandemic and had the ‘sad task of wrapping bodies’.

She still works at the hospital and also cares for a person two days a week.

Paul Kay, mitigating for Karen Ingram, said: “She acted impulsively while under the influence of alcohol to protect her daughter.”

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Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Karen to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months with 80 hours unpaid work.

Paige was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, with a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days and 100 hours unpaid work. She was banned from driving for three years.

Judge Paul Glenn said: “These are serious offences. The two of you very swiftly concocted a story about who the driver had been. The police attended and found the vehicle written off and you both told police that Karen was the driver.

“The officers were suspicious and wisely they caused Paige to be breathalysed and following a positive roadside breath test you were arrested and taken to the police station.

“A couple of hours after you had been drinking the lower reading was 157, four-and-a-half times the limit. That is an obscene amount of alcohol. You were both interviewed that day and the two of you lied. Subsequently, Paige, you contacted the police and admitted you were the driver.

“It appears to be common ground that the cover up was Paige’s idea.

“Paige, the reason you flipped this car was nothing to do with animals going across the road. It was to do with the fact you had consumed an enormous amount of alcohol. It is a matter of good fortune that no-one was seriously hurt in this incident.

“You had to bear the cost of the car being written off.

“I am staggered you were thinking of driving to Croydon. You came to grief after six miles. Had you come to grief on the M6 or M1 we might have been dealing with something even more serious.

“Perverting the course of justice is a very serious offence which ordinarily results in immediate custody.

“You are both remorseful. You should be. I think you can be properly punished in the community.”

Both defendants were ordered to pay £500 costs.





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