Mother of three Paige Thomason hit 120 mph on the M58 while high in crack and heroin in July 2019 and was given a suspended sentence. She was sentenced today for another drug-related offense
A 28-year-old beautician who escaped jail after leading police in a car chase when she was high in crack has been spared prison again after being caught in possession of the same drug.
Mother of three Paige Thomason hit 120 mph on the M58 while high in crack and heroin in July 2019 and was given a suspended sentence.
She then broke the terms of her old sentence when she was taken with crack cocaine in July of last year.
But she got another chance today after a Liverpool Crown Court judge ruled it ‘unfair’ to send her to jail for the offense.
Police raided a house in Bootle, Merseyside on July 30, 2020 and found Thomason inside.
She was with a man, Richard Wright, who was arrested.
An officer saw “Ms Thomason sitting on the couch” in front of a “small drug table where drug paraphernalia was placed,” prosecutor Andrew Judge told court.
The officer also saw her “picking up what he believed to be crack” before grabbing it and putting it back on the table.
Thomason was charged with possession of crack cocaine following an October 28 interview.
In total, Thomason had three convictions for eight offenses.
On March 10, 2020, she was convicted of dangerous driving, driving with prohibition, without a license and without insurance as a result of the previous year’s car chase.
She also failed to provide a sample for drug testing upon request.
Simon Duncan, who pursued the driving case, said police desperately tried to arrest Thomason on July 12, 2019, but “they really put their foot down.”
She was traveling at 50 mph in a 30 mph zone shortly after 2 a.m.
Thomason went through five red lights before reaching 120 mph on the M58. She then drove at 100 mph in a 40 mph zone.
The police caught her as she slowed down, got out of her car and fled on foot.
She was given an eight-month suspended prison sentence for two years and was banned from driving for three years.
Thomason was ordered to perform a 25-day rehab activity requirement and a six-month drug rehabilitation requirement
She was also slapped with a three-month curfew at home from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.
Her latest offense – in 2020 – was in violation of the suspended sentence and she risked being sent to jail as a result.
But Jo Maxwell, defending, asked the judge to impose a drug test and rehabilitation requirement (DRR) rather than impose a prison sentence.
She said: “I don’t say this lightly, I followed full instructions and she instilled in me the previous DRR which was extremely helpful to her.”
She got another chance at Liverpool Crown Court (file image, pictured) today – after a judge ruled ‘unfair’ to send her to jail for the offense
The requirement is a rigorous program that sees people undergo regular drug tests, treatment and forensic exams to monitor progress, she said.
Ms Maxwell also referred to an updated report from Thomason’s case manager, who recommended that a two-year community order be imposed.
Thomason, of Walton, admitted one count of possession of crack cocaine.
Judge Anil Murray, sentencing Thomason, said: “If you want to get sent to jail, you’re going in the right direction.
“You had a chance on March 10. ”
The judge said he would activate the sentence “unless it is unfair to do so”, adding “I am convinced on this occasion that it would be unfair”.
“I am told that your engagement was good, you have completed a previous DRR. “
Judge Murray learned that Thomason continued to engage with the drug service.
Yesterday she received a one-year community order with a one-year DRR requirement.
She must also complete five days of rehab activity requirements.
As he handed down his sentence, the judge said, “If you commit more offenses and find yourself here, the judge will not have much choice but to send you to jail.”