A Bradford woman’s car became airborne when she crashed at 88mph while filming herself on Snapchat, a court heard.

Crystal Ward, 27, of Gibson Street, Laisterdyke, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on the M60, driving over the limit for cannabis, driving without insurance and while disqualified.

Prosecutor Peter Connick said the offences took place on June 11 last year at around 1.45am when Ward was driving a Volkswagen Golf on the M60 at Trafford, Manchester.

She was driving without insurance and drug driving with a male passenger on board.

While on the entry slipway from Junctions 6 and 7, she was holding her phone in one hand to video the dashboard, including the speedometer, with a view of the road ahead.

“In the footage, the speedometer shows a speed of 88mph being reached before the recording cuts off.

"Shortly before the footage ends, the passenger can be heard to shout ‘Babe’ repeatedly to the defendant as the speed increases,” Mr Connick told the court.

He said the final frames of the eight-second footage showed the Golf entering the cross-hatchings between the off-slip and the entry to the main carriageway.

Ward hit the bullnose of the crash barrier which separates the slip road from the main carriageway.

Mr Connick said the car became airborne and struck two lighting columns.

Ward was ejected from the vehicle and landed on the grass verge.

“Due to the immense force of the collision, the engine block of the Golf was ripped from the vehicle, coming to rest in Lane 4 of the M60,” he said.

A motorist collided with it, puncturing his tyre.

When the police arrived, they discovered that Ward’s passenger was trapped in the car.

Paramedics handed a police officer Ward’s phone and they discovered the footage, which had been captured on Snapchat.

“Further review of her mobile phone revealed that she had captured multiple videos of her driving, all in eight second clips,” Mr Connick said.

The court heard that Ward was disqualified from driving until August 22 next year for an earlier offence of drug driving.

She had seven previous convictions for nine offences, including driving with excess alcohol, driving while disqualified and drug driving.

Mr Connick said that aggravating features of the case were “a deliberate disregard for the safety of others,” excessive speed, use of a hand-held phone, evidence of drug use and the fact that there was a passenger in the car.

The court heard in mitigation that Ward had fractured her spine in the crash. Her passenger, who was also injured, was standing by her.

She was sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with a 15 day rehabilitation activity requirement and a three month electronically monitored curfew order.

She was banned from driving for five years and until she takes an extended retest.

After the case, the Crown Prosecution Service released images to the Telegraph & Argus showing the aftermath of the crash.