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Barmaid, 21, high on cocaine left pal in a coma after crashing on way home from party while 12 TIMES legal limit

A BARMAID who got behind the wheel while 12 times the legal limit for cocaine left her pal in a coma after a horror smash.

Larisa Jones, 21, caused the terrifying crash as she drove two friends home at 9am after an all-night party.

Her friend Billy Wathan was so badly hurt he battled for his life in an induced coma for weeks after the collision.

Jones, of Ynysmeudwy in Swansea, has now been jailed for 22 months after admitting a slew of offences.

The defendant had been working at the Castle Hotel near the city before heading to a house party, where she took cocaine and drank, Wales Online reports.

The following morning, she said she'd drive Mr Wathan and Chloe McQuaide home in her Renault Twingo.

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The car was racing at up to 67mph in a 30mph zone before it smashed into a Citroen, somersaulted through the air and hit a lamppost, prosecutors said.

Mr Wathan, who hadn't been wearing a seatbelt, suffered facial injuries, a bleed to his brain, broken hips and a collapsed lung.

He was forced to use a wheelchair when he returned home and lost his job after experiencing seizures.

Despite that, he told a judge at Cardiff Crown Court that he didn't want Jones to go to jail.

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In a victim impact statement, he said: "I don't blame [Jones] for the collision.

"It was an accident, it wasn't intentional. I want her to know I don't want her to go to prison."

Mitigating, Giles Hayes said Jones has no previous convictions.

She used to work as a carer, but was dismissed because of her "chaotic lifestyle".

"She is well aware of the nature and seriousness of these offences," he said.


"She showed a grave error of judgement that will not be repeated."

However, Judge Huw Rees said the consequences of Jones' driving could have been "catastrophic".

The court heard she had 85mg of alcohol in 100ml of her blood. The legal limit is 80mg. She also had 630mg of a cocaine metabolite in her blood – meaning she was more than 12 times the 50mg limit.

Jones admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol, and driving with excess drugs in her system.

It wasn't intentional – I don't want her to go to prison

Sentencing her to prison and a five-year driving ban, Judge Rees said: "These three offences are arising from your wholly inappropriate driving by reason of the state you were in.

"You were on a road in your own village and the consequences were serious injury.

"I am sure you know they could have been catastrophic.

"You were on a road you would have been familiar with but with an excess of speed and disregard for the wet conditions.

"You were totally unfit to drive and you drove illegally and when significantly impaired through drink and drugs."

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