Huthwaite drink driver crashed car partially paralysing his cousin

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When a Huthwaite drink driver picked up his friends from a pub, the journey ended up in a crash which partially paralysed his cousin.

Harley Fox of Sutton Road appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to driving above the legal alcohol limit on Chesterfield Road, Huthwaite on December 14.

The court was told how Fox, 23 had been drinking with his friends when he decided to give them a lift home in the Land Rover Discovery he had bought just a month earlier.

The conditions were icy when he drove the car along Chesterfield Road and he moved over to avoid parked cars.

But he did not see the Honda Civic coming in the opposite direction and collided with it after skidding.

Magistrates heard that police arrived at the scene to find Fox’s front seat passenger lying on the kerb being tended to by local residents before paramedics arrived.

Fox, who smelled of alcohol and had glazed eyes was breathalysed, and was found to have 57 mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath.

The court heard that the passenger had suffered a bust vertebrae in the crash which had left him with lower limb paralysis.

Doctors were expecting him to regain the use of his legs but it would be a very slow process.

Fox had not been wearing a seatbelt and his passenger had his feet up on the dashboard when the smash occurred.

Fox told the court:”Nothing repulses me more than what happened - I will have to live with that.”

He was given a 16-week community order with 16-week curfew requirement, disqualified from driving for 16 months with £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.