A “DISTRESSED” driver who was found at the side of the road, before claiming her husband and daughter were dead, has been warned she faces prison.

Members of the public came across Sarah Lewis sitting in the driver’s seat with the door open in Sale Green, near Droitwich. She later failed to provide police with a specimen for analysis.

Subject to a suspended sentence, District Judge Kevin Grego said the 51-year-old had “committed an imprisonable offence” as he sent the case to Worcester Crown Court for sentencing.

Nicola Ritchie, prosecuting at Worcester Magistrates Court last week, said the defendant was found in her car on May 29 with the engine off but the keys in the ignition.

Witnesses had described her as “distressed” and said she told them “her husband and daughter were dead.”

When the police arrived, Lewis was “clinging onto a member of the public” and sitting in the passenger seat.

The court heard the defendant, of Middleton Gardens, Long Meadow, Worcester, did unsuccessfully attempt to provide a specimen for analysis.

Represented by solicitor Belinda Ariss, Lewis was said to have four unrelated convictions already on her record.

Mr Grego told her: “You have committed an imprisonable offence during a suspended sentence order.”

“Your next appearance will be in crown court,” he added.

She accepted a charge of failing to provide specimen for analysis during the hearing on June 27.

She is due in Crown Court on July 26.