Ferris had been out for a Valentine’s Day meal with her boyfriend (Image: Manchester Evening News)

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A mum-of-two falsely claimed a hire car had been burgled after she wrote it off during a drunken three-hour journey, a court heard.

Rebecca Ferris, 28, also filed a fraudulent £12,000 insurance claim on the wrecked VW Golf – despite being seen fleeing the scene.

She told one eyewitness: "It's my car. I was driving it. I was trying to get away from my boyfriend.

"I was drinking all night, far too much to be driving. Please don't call the police!"

Police exposed the scam after Ferris' DNA was found on air bag which inflated during the impact.

It emerged an insurance company had paid £12084.54 to the Motability firm which owned the disability car.

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Ferris was sentenced at Manchester crown court
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Ferris faced jail at Manchester crown court after she admitted perverting justice and by false representation

But she wept as she was handed a suspended sentence.

Ferris later claimed she had gone out in the car after she and boyfriend Wesley Haining returned home from a Valentine's Day meal only to have a row with her 14-year-old daughter.

The accident occurred at 2am on February 15, 2019 after Ferris failed to negotiate a right hand bend on a road in Eccles and ploughed into a wall.

Prosecutor Miss Harriet Tighe said: "A care worker taking a break watched the VW Golf go past her in excess of 30mph before she heard a screech of brakes and a loud bang.

"She found the VW Golf had left the road on a sharp bend and ploughed through a wall and into a front garden, leaving bricks and debris strewn across the pavement.

"The witness approached the vehicle and found the airbags activated and seconds later, a woman appeared from behind the vehicle. The witness said she could smell alcohol on her breath and the defendant admitted she had been the driver."

Ferris was hear dot say she had been "drinking all night and had far too much to be driving"
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Police were called and a woman was seen walking away from the collision, the court heard.

Ferris later reported the car had been stolen in a burglary but police "doubted the validity of the report" and advised the defendant to think "long and hard" before continuing, said Miss Tighe.

She added: "But she maintained the car was stolen in a burglary and the officer then discovered that the defendant had reported the theft to the insurance company with a sworn declaration."

The court heard the Motability car was hired to Mr Haining due to his own disabilities and Ferris was a named driver on the insurance policy.

Miss Tighe added: "The police officers made inquiries and found that the claim had been made under the policy on the basis that the vehicle had been stolen from the house.

"The defendant provided the details to the officer, saying that they had returned home at about 10:30 pm the previous evening after going out for a Valentine's Day meal.

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"She said they had gone up to the bed, and one of the children must have left one of the windows of the house open because when the defendant went downstairs in the morning, she found that there were two windows open, and the car which had been parked in the driveway was gone."

Police put together a CCTV compilation which included stills of Ferris leaving the scene.

In mitigation defence lawyer Michael Johnson said: "She had been out with her partner, Wesley Haining, to celebrate Valentine's Day.

"They had returned to her home where there was an issue in relation to one daughter who was 14 at the time.

"She was confronted with a volatile situation at home. Her daughter was behaving in a way that she can do at times. Mr Haining wasn't being sympathetic to that situation.

Ferris was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and was banned from driving for six months
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

"She felt, herself, overwhelmed by the circumstances of that particular time and for reasons she bitterly regrets or cannot really explain, she left the house and took the car and drove away at 11pm.

"She is not still with Mr Haining. This deception was not sophisticated or well planned and the police did not take her burglary claim particularly seriously."

Ferris was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and was banned from driving for six months.

Sentencing the judge Recorder Michael Maher said Ferris had come up with "a cock and bull story" about the burglary and told her: "You knew full well that these claims were utterly bogus.

"You were driving that vehicle in the early hours of February 15, 2019, took a notorious bend on Wellington Road in Eccles and ploughed into a brick wall at speed.

"Mercifully, no pedestrians or other road users were hit. An eyewitness heard the crash and you told her you were driving to get away from your boyfriend.

"You said you were drinking all night and had far too much to be driving. You pleaded with her not to call the police. She was flabbergasted.

"You risked injuring yourself and other road users, and you compounded it by lying to the police and telling them that you had been the victim of the burglary.

"Police gave you a chance to reconsider but you would not back down and pursued the lie. It was not particularly sophisticated, but it was brazen.

"You shouldn't have got in the car and driven for several hours while under the influence of drink. You say you were terrified of losing your liberty and I can tell you it is by a hair's breadth that I am going to suspend that sentence of imprisonment.

"I am just about persuaded."