A young woman whose conscience got the better of her after she lied to police has been spared an immediate jail sentence.
The 23 year old woman was quizzed after her Mini car hit a parked car and was driven off. She said her handbag and car keys had been stolen, and as inquiries continued she denied knowing who had been driving at the time.
But by the time she made a false statement to police in October last year, she knew that a woman friend of hers had taken the car and been driving it at the time of the accident.
However a few days later she admitted what she had done.
She pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court on Friday 17th April to doing an act tending to pervert the course of justice by falsely reporting she did not know the driver of her vehicle when it had been involved in an accident.
Stuart Sprawson from Lawtons, defending said: “She realised she had made a disastrous mistake in misleading the police and is extremely remorseful.
“Her life has been in a mess since then but she is doing her best to get back on her feet. She is a hard working, industrious young lady.”
Judge Richard Foster told her: “You made a monumental mistake, but this type of offence will always give rise to a custodial sentence.
“But you deserve credit for pleading guilty and your genuine remorse.”
He passed a four month sentence which he suspended for one year.  She must abide by a night time curfew for four months and pay £500 costs.