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Wrong-way motorist gets jail term

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A motorist has been jailed for driving 23 miles along a motorway in the wrong direction while over the drink-drive limit.

Deborah Hunt, 43, received the nine-month prison sentence on charges of dangerous driving, driving without car insurance and driving with excess alcohol - all of which she admitted.

Bristol Crown Court heard how the mother-of-three drove the wrong way along the M5's fast lane in northern Somerset after doing a U-turn in the carriageway at around 11pm on July 14.

Hunt clocked up to 60mph and was lucky to escape crashing with oncoming vehicles. When she finally stopped at a hard shoulder, she was found to be twice over the legal drink-drive limit.

In sentencing her to nine months in jail, Judge Mark Horton noted that the fact the no one was killed on injured in the incident was "unbelievably fortunate".

A former financial adviser, Hunt, of Langport, Somerset, was said to be battling alcoholism and stress over her unemployment and a child custody battle with her ex-husband.

© Press Association 2011