A WOMAN who was more than ten times the drug-driving limit when she hit a pedestrian has avoided jail.

Amy Godfrey, of Canberra Place, Horsham, was driving a blue Mitsubishi Shogun she struck the pedestrian, pinning him against another vehicle on May 26, 2020.

The 36-year-old, who is unemployed, continued to drive and park her vehicle, before entering her home without checking on the welfare of the victim.

The pedestrian – a 28-year-old man – sustained a broken arm and fractured pelvis. He was taken to hospital for treatment, where he remained for several days.

Godfrey failed a test which showed she had 518mcg benzoylecgonine – the main metabolite of cocaine – per litre of blood in her system.

The legal limit is 50mcg.

She was arrested and charged with drug-driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

She initially denied the offences, but pleaded guilty just before the case was due to go to trial.

On July 8, Godfrey was sentenced to a total of 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at Lewes Crown Court.

She was also disqualified from driving for two years and must take an extended re-test if she wishes to drive again.

Investigating officer PC Steve Bucksey said the incident demonstrates the serious consequences of drug-driving.

“Godfrey was more than 10 times the legal limit and continued driving despite knowing she had hit someone,” he said.

“The serious injuries sustained by the victim has prevented him from working and has meant he has been unable to provide for his family.”

PC Bucksey also reminded the public that the consequences of drink or drug driving include a minimum 12-month ban, unlimited fine, possible prison sentence and more.