TAKING drugs at a party, a teenager had three different substances in her system when she got into the car and collided with a tree in North Perrott.

Rebecca Debenham had been taking substantial amounts of cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine before arguing with her boyfriend and leaving the address in her car.

However less than a mile down the road she crashed into a tree in North Perrott breaking numerous bones in her body and was taken to hospital.

While there a blood sample was taken which showed she was over the limit for class A and B drugs, Somerset Magistrates were told.

Debenham, 19, of Cavalier Close, Yeovil, pleaded guilty to driving a Suzuki Swift vehicle on the A3066 at North Perrott when the proportion of a controlled drug, namely Benzoylecgonine, in her blood exceeded the specified limit on August 27 last year.

She also admitted two more similar offences involving levels of Ketamine and MDMA in her blood which were over the limit.

Prosecutor Andrew Escott-Watson said that on the morning in question the defendant was in collision with a tree on the A3066 in North Perrott at 2.50am.

“During the accident she sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital and whilst there permission was given for blood to be taken,” he said.

“The levels were 445mcg of Benzoylecgonine per 100ml of blood when 50 is the limit; 124mcg of ketamine when 20 is the limit and 75mcg of MDMA with a limit of 10.

Defending solicitor Ian Brazier said that Debenham grew up in France and had a history of mental health issues, but when she moved to the UK she stopped taking her medication.

“On this occasion she was at a party and had driven there with her boyfriend and they had planned to stay the night,” he said.

“There were quite a lot of drugs around and she availed herself of them, and that is all she remembers as she had quite a bit which included ketamine, ecstasy and a cocaine bi-product.

“She then had a row with her boyfriend and stormed out, got into her car and drove off and straight into a tree breaking many bones in her body and the car was also written off.”

Mr Brazier added that nobody else was injured in the crash and said that Debenham was confined to a wheelchair for a long period of time and was now walking with the use of sticks.

The magistrates sentenced the defendant to a 24 month community order with 20 day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement  to include a Thinking Skills programme.

She was also banned from driving for two years and fined £120 with £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.