Crash driver was singing along to radio

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A drunken learner driver caused a horror crash in Poulton in which he and his four passengers were injured, a court heard.

Liam Thompson had the radio turned up loud, and was singing along to it and raising both arms in the air before the accident.

Two women passengers had to be cut free from the wrecked Ford Fiesta.

A woman friend of Thompson’s suffered a broken neck, hip, collar-bone, left arm and pelvis. His girlfriend had a broken arm cuts and bruises.

Thompson, his uncle David Thompson and brother all suffered whiplash.

A judge was told the uncle was driving when they set off back home from a trip to Blackpool, but the passengers were so alarmed at his erratic drunken driving they asked him to stop. His nephew took over and proved even worse.

Liam Thompson, 26, of Daisyfield Street, Darwen, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and driving carelessly without a licence or insurance.

David Thompson, 50, of Hollin Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to drink-driving without insurance, possessing cannabis and permitting his nephew to drive without a licence.

They were both bailed to February 3 for pre-sentence reports and banned from the road in the interim by District Judge James Prowse sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said that on October 23, at 1.25am, police went to a crash on Garstang Road East, Poulton, where a Ford Fiesta had smashed through several sets of railings and a set of traffic lights. Other road users had alerted police before the crash about the driver’s erratic way of driving.

Michael Woosnam, defending Liam Thompson, said his client immediately admitted being the driver.

He said his uncle was supposed to be driving and he never expected to drive.

Patrick Nelligan, for David Thompson, said his client, who had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, had mental health problems.

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