Beautician mum high on crack cocaine led police on 120mph chase before crashing

A mum-of-three high on a cocktail of Class A drugs crashed into traffic lights at the end of a 120mph police chase.

Paige Thomason had taken crack cocaine, heroin and alcohol before getting behind the wheel and speeding off.

The beautician was spotted by police officers in Liverpool, leading them to make after her as she powered along the M58, The Liverpool Echo reported .

She managed to get to 120mph and "ticked almost every aggravating feature" of dangerous driving, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Despite her transgressions, the 28-year-old walked free from court when a judge gave her the opportunity to address her drug misuse and mental health issues.

At the time of the pursuit Thomason was uninsured and disqualified, having lost her license for failing to say she was driving her car during accidents in January and May last year.


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Two weeks after receiving a six-month ban, police spotted her driving a Renault Megtane at 2.27am on July 12.

Officers activated the sirens of their police car and tried to force her to stop, only for Thomason to accelerate to 50mph in a 30mph zone.

CCTV footage showed her go through five sets of red lights in total.

As well as hitting 120mph on a motorway, the reckless driver reached 100mph in a 40mph zone.

At the end of the chase Thomason crashed her vehicle into traffic lights, got out of her car and ran towards a pub, pursued by police officers and a dog unit.

She was found hiding underneath her coat in a back garden.

Suspecting that she was on drugs, Thomason took her to Fazakerley hospital to check for any injuries.

Simon Duncan, prosecuting, said: "She was asked to provide a specimen of blood for analysis. She refused. She said she just didn't want to."

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 locked up for 10 months in 2011 for wounding, after stabbing an ex-boyfriend during a domestic violence incident.

Louise McCloskey, defending, accepted her client "ticked almost every aggravating feature" of dangerous driving but said "substance abuse" underpinned her actions.

Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said he was struggling to see how he could do anything other than jail Thomason.

Ms McCloskey 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."

She added: "The vehicle was hers, she had purchased it in the hope to recommence her employment. She is a beautician, she was hoping that she could go mobile and applied for insurance."

The lawyer said Thomason was "disheartened" when she wasn't able to insure the car.

Ms McCloskey said: "She understood that would have knock on consequences to her visitation with her children and also her financial situation, and in the early hours of that morning, she was really lost."

Referring to past relationships, Ms McCloskey said Thomason was a "relatively vulnerable young person" with serious mental health issues and awaiting counselling.

She urged the judge to spare her jail so she could tackle her problems "head on".

The judge acknowledged that Thomason had appeared in control of the car before the crash. 

Mr Flewitt said: "You could have killed yourself and somebody else. It's only good fortune that didn't happen.

"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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