Crawley school run mum “accelerated” at police officer who asked her to stop

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A Crawley mum has been sentenced for driving dangerously outside a school.

Leanne Andre, 43, of Friars Rookery, Crawley, pleaded not guilty to driving dangerously in October 2014 when she appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court on June 11, but was found guilty.

Andre received a 12-month community order of 90 hours unpaid work, was ordered to pay court costs of £810 and was disqualified from driving for 12 months. She will also have to take an extended driving test.

Andre had parked her vehicle illegally in the bus stop outside Three Bridges Primary School while picking up her children from the school in Gales Drive, Three Bridges, on October 23 last year.

The Three Bridges community policing team was patrolling the area at the time in response to ‘numerous’ reports of dangerous parking near the school at opening and closing times, said a police spokesman.

They put a notice on the windscreen of Andre’s car pointing out it was parked illegally.

When Andre returned to her car a PCSO approached her explaining why the notice had been issued. She verbally abused him and drove off.

A police spokesman said: “A PC asked her to stop but instead she accelerated towards the officer, swerving just to avoid contact, and continued gaining speed as she drove away, giving no consideration to the parents and children who were waiting, as she claimed she was in a rush.”

Officers had the registration number and description of the car and went to Andre’s home nearby to arrange to interview her under caution.

PC Jo Millard said; “Andre’s actions on that day were irresponsible and dangerous. We will take action against offenders driving in such an anti-social and dangerous manner.”

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