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Custodial sentence for motorist following late-night crash

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A drink-driver has been jailed after crashed his father’s car into an elderly woman’s home in Leeds.

The city’s Crown Court heard that the vehicle had ploughed through the kitchen wall of the Beeston property in the early hours of July 11th last year.

Eighty-two-year-old Philomena O’Brien had gone to get a glass of water only a short while before the collision, but had fortunately returned to bed when the crash occurred.

The young man behind the wheel, Daniel Mitchell, was only a provisional licence holder and had taken his dad’s Ford without permission so that he could go to buy some cigarettes.

As he returned from a late-night petrol station, the 24-year-old had struck the kerb, lost control and careered through the wall of the house.  It is thought that up to £60,000 worth of damage was caused, with the widow forced to go and live with relatives while repair work was completed.

When the defendant was given a blood test following the crash, he was found to be over the drink-drive limit.

Mitchell admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving over the limit, having no insurance and being a provisional driver.

Recorder Gary Cook jailed the young man for 12 months and also handed him an 18 month driving ban.

Arguing that the consequences could have been even more severe, the Judge said: “[Mrs O’Brien] might well have been killed and you would have been facing a far more serious charge and sentence.”

  • If you are facing drink-driving charges, it is important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity to ensure the best possible representation. For further details about how Lester Morrill’s road traffic team can help you, please contact us.

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