Drunk Driver Drove For Five Miles With His Bonnet Up After Crash
26-year-old accountant John Kavanagh was found to be twice the legal alcoho limit to drive when he was found in his Volkswagen Golf.
It seems as if Kavanagh hit another car at the set of lights in Boldon, Tyne and Wear, before driving off with the bonnet lifted as a result of the collision. He then drove for around five more miles despite crashing into a telegraph pole along the way.
It's not clear whether he stopped of his own accord or if he was involved in another crash. Police used evidence videoed by a witness after the first crash in their case against him.
The driver of the first car that Kavanagh collided with said that his Renault vehicle was a write off and he needed to have physiotherapy on his back after the crash.
Kavanagh lost his job following the incident.
In his judgement, Judge John Carroll told Kavanagh: "Any rational person involved in such a traffic collision would, no doubt, immediately pull over and go and check no-one had been hurt in the other vehicle.
"You didn't, you carried on driving, despite the fact the collision had popped the bonnet of your vehicle, which was up and over the windscreen, blocking your view."
The judge continued to say that Kavanagh continued on out of 'panic' and because he was 'significantly' over the alcohol limit.
Judge Carroll continued: "You drove for about five miles in that state, with the bonnet up."
Defending Kavanagh, Jennifer Coxon said that her client had lost his job, but had now found employment in London.
She said: "He understands there is clearly an issue that needs to be looked at, as to why someone with no previous convictions, well-educated and strong work ethic would commit such a serious offence that would warrant a custodial sentence."
Miss Coxon argued that there is a low chance that Kavanagh will re-offend, and characterised him as a committed and dedicated employee.
He was eventually sentenced to 12-months imprisonment, suspended for two years. He must also complete 120 hours of community service work and was banned from driving.
When his ban is up in two years' time he must take an extended driving test if he is to regain his licence.
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