Mother, 39, drives away from court MINUTES after judge banned her from the ...

A woman was today pictured driving away from court just minutes after a judge banned her from the road for two years.

Simara Knopka, 39, headed the wrong way down a motorway and collided head-on with another car on May 28 this year. 

She was disqualified from driving at a trial at Manchester Crown Court today but the mother, who has never passed a driving test or held a valid licence in the UK, was pictured behind the wheel as she left court. 

She initially appeared to sit in the passenger seat of the car, before moving over to the driver's seat and pulling out of a car park.

Simara Knopka (pictured leaving court today), 39, headed the wrong way down a motorway and collided head-on with another car on May 28 this year

Simara Knopka (pictured leaving court today), 39, headed the wrong way down a motorway and collided head-on with another car on May 28 this year

She was disqualified from driving at a trial at Manchester Crown Court today but the mother, who has never passed a driving test or held a valid licence in the UK, was pictured behind the wheel as she left court

She was disqualified from driving at a trial at Manchester Crown Court today but the mother, who has never passed a driving test or held a valid licence in the UK, was pictured behind the wheel as she left court

Knopka, from Macclesfield, was spared jail by a judge who said he could 'punish her in the community' instead.

The defendant - who is originally from Brazil and speaks Portuguese - was told multiple times in court she had been banned from driving.

A Portuguese interpreter translated the information for her but the housekeeper appeared to drive while disqualified moments later.

The court was told how she visited a friend and drank two glasses of wine before driving home at around 1.10am on May 28.

She was driving her son's Nissan Micra and only had a provisional UK driving licence.

She initially appeared to sit in the passenger seat of the car, before moving over to the driver's seat and pulling out of a car park

She initially appeared to sit in the passenger seat of the car, before moving over to the driver's seat and pulling out of a car park

Knopka learnt to drive in Brazil 17 years ago before moving to the UK three-and-a-half years ago.

A judge heard she had been taking driving lessons in the UK but had not passed a test.

On the morning of the incident, she used Google Maps on her phone to direct her home and joined the M60 at junction 15 on the wrong side of the road.

This led to a head on collision with another driver who was leaving the motorway on the exit slip road.

Prosecutor Neil Ronan told the court how the smash caused the other driver's car to flip over onto its roof.

Knopka learnt to drive in Brazil 17 years ago before moving to the UK three-and-a-half years ago. A judge heard she had been taking driving lessons in the UK but had not passed a test

Knopka learnt to drive in Brazil 17 years ago before moving to the UK three-and-a-half years ago. A judge heard she had been taking driving lessons in the UK but had not passed a test

Knopka, from Macclesfield, was spared jail by a judge who said he could 'punish her in the community' instead. The defendant - who is originally from Brazil and speaks Portuguese - was told multiple times in court how she was now banned from driving

Knopka, from Macclesfield, was spared jail by a judge who said he could 'punish her in the community' instead. The defendant - who is originally from Brazil and speaks Portuguese - was told multiple times in court how she was now banned from driving

'By the time police attended, ambulance crews were present but mercifully, it would be seem that the other

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