After being thrown out of a pub a 33-year-old woman drove along Colwyn Bay’s seafront at 80mph before hitting a lamp standard and being hurled from her car.

“You could have killed somebody, you almost killed yourself,” Judge Huw Rees told her at Caernarfon crown court.

Hannah Jorgensen, of Ffordd Dyffryn, Mochdre, admitted dangerous driving and stealing a purse and mobile phone from a pub customer. But after the judge had been told about her severe injuries and the two children she cares for, he imposed a nine months prison sentence suspended for 18 months.

She was banned from driving for 18 months and will have to take an extended re-test.

There will be a 20-day rehabilitation programme and a drug requirement which will involve twice weekly testing.

She had been found lying seriously injured in the road 10ft from the car after it tipped over at Rhos-on-Sea – in a 30-mph area - last January.

Ffion Tomos, prosecuting, said she had severe injuries and told police she remembered nothing before waking up in hospital. She’d been thrown out of the Cuckoo pub at Old Colwyn after using foul language and threatening a customer.

Jorgensen had ten previous convictions and last year had been given a now-expired four months suspended jail sentence for assaulting the mother of her then partner’s children by striking her on the head with a stone-filled sock. Luckily there was no serious injury.

Maria Masselis, defending, said : “Drugs have been a feature in her life for many years, they have been a demon.” But she had now tackled them seemingly successfully. Jorgensen had mental health issues and was scared to get into a car –“petrified of a repeat.”

The crash was horrific and she was lucky to be alive. She’d been saved by a passerby, a Good Samaritan who went to her help, and she had been flown by helicopter to a trauma unit at Stoke on Trent.

“She was effectively in a coma for seven weeks,” revealed Miss Masselis. She had multiple fractures, a punctured lung and a severed artery. She was still receiving extensive treatment, walked with a crutch, and more surgery would be needed. It was doubtful whether a prison could cope with her medical needs.

“She can’t explain to the court what she did because she has simply no memory of that night,” added Miss Masselis. “But there’s a hope it might have a life changing affect on her.”

Judge Rees, who heard that she had to take 14 tablets to kill the pain, told Jorgensen : “You can decide what your proper priorities are - your children or behaving in this reckless way as a consequence of taking drugs and/or alcohol.”ENDS