Llandudno...Drunk nurse who left man with life-changing injuries following hit-and-run jailed for just 16 months!

It must take some sort of monster to hit a human being or animal and then just drive off without helping.

This woman is total garbage. And just 16 months in jail! Dreadful.

A registered nurse who left a man for dead in a hit-and-run while drunk has been jailed. Charlotte Brown got behind the wheel of her black Volkswagen Polo less than an hour after being thrown out of a club due to her behaviour.

The 34-year-old, of Cysgod Y Castell in Llandudno Junction, crashed her car into Mark Davies as he walked home from a night out in the town, leaving him with "life-changing injuries". She briefly stopped at the scene, but then drove off, before crashing her car onto its roof.

At Caernarfon Crown Court today, she was jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to drink driving, causing serious injury by careless driving and failing to stop after a road accident. Prosecutor John Wyn Williams told Caernarfon Crown Court that Brown had been spotted on CCTV stumbling around in Club One47 in Llandudno before being kicked out due to her behaviour inside.

It was less than an hour later that she got behind the wheel of her black Volkswagen Polo and began driving through the seaside town. The court heard that Mr Davies, a 48-year-old self-employed joiner, had also been out in the town on January 28 and was walking alone on Gloddaeth Lane when Brown - who over the legal drink drive limit - ploughed into him at an estimated speed of 40mph.

She did briefly stop, but then fled the scene and continued driving until crashing outside the town's magistrates court building and flipping her car onto its roof. People went to her aid, but she ran away from the scene of the crash.

At this time, Mr Davies was transported to hospital with "life-changing injuries", the court heard. These included a "traumatic brain injury" which has left the dad-of-three with complications to this day, including compromised speech and language as well as the inability to walk unaided or the use of his right arm.

The judge, Nicola Saffman, said these were some of the "most serious" injuries she'd ever seen in a case of this type. Brown was arrested at her boyfriend's address and interviewed by police about what had happened.

Charlotte Brown, of Cysgod Y Castell in Llandudno Junction, rolled her car after fleeing the scene of the hit-and-run
Charlotte Brown, of Cysgod Y Castell in Llandudno Junction, rolled her car after fleeing the scene of the hit-and-run 

She provided a prepared statement which said she was "devastated" after learning the full extent of what happened. She previously claimed to have no memory of what happened until she was pulled from her upside-down vehicle outside the court.

Mr Williams read a statement out on behalf of Mr Davies' wife Leanne, who asked the defendant: "How can you be the cause of this and walk away?" Her account of the months since the crash mentioned the torturous times she tried to balance family life alongside the prospect of her husband never waking up from the crash.

She said: "January 28 is a date I’ll never forget. The memories will never leave me.

"We are just normal people with normal lives. We are living a life sentence due to the actions of someone else."

Mark Davies
Mark Davies 

Mrs Davies said the incident continued to have an impact on the couple's three sons. At one point, one of their young sons asked: "Is dad was going to die?"

Barbara Williams, Mr Davies' mother, said she had been babysitting her grandchildren on that January evening when their lives "changed forever". She said that her son was recovering "slowly but surely" and it was his "sheer determination" that wouldn't let him give up.

Defending Brown, Lisa Judge said that Brown's remorse will "fall as empty words" to the Davies family, who had a dad that left that evening for a night out in Llandudno and "didn't come home that night" as the same man they continue to love and care for. She said there was no dispute about the "lifelong trauma" the Davies' will face as a result of her "stupid" decision that night.

Police conduct search along the roadside at Crogfryn Lane
Police conduct search along the roadside at Crogfryn Lane 

The defence said the night was not a reflection on who the "true Charlotte Brown" is - a mum-of-one and a nurse. The court heard that Brown had written a letter of apology to the Davies family but this was not shared at the hearing and could be given to the family when they were ready.

Imposing a 16-month jail sentence, Judge Saffman said nothing but prison would be sufficient after hearing how drunk Brown was before she decided to get on the road and risk lives. She told the defendant that she could not ignore the fact that she fled the scene of two crashes within the short space of time.

The punishment also included a two year and eight month driving ban. She was told that if she ever planned to get back behind the wheel, she must complete an extended driving test once the ban had been served.



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