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Banned driver’s girlfriend left seriously hurt after accident in Kilnsey
A 22-year-old banned driver who crashed his girlfriend’s car in Kilnsey leaving her with serious injuries has been handed a community sentence with unpaid work and a six-month curfew.
Jordan Turner, from Grassington, was unconscious and sprawled across the front seat of the Fiat 500 when police were alerted to an accident on the B6160 at Kilnsey in the early hours of July 28, Skipton magistrates heard.
His girlfriend, Megan Peacock, was lying in the road, severely injured, the court was told on Friday.
Prosecuting, Hilary Reece said Turner woke up while firefighters were trying to free him from the car, which had left the road, collided with a wall, and ended up in a field.
She said Turner tried to run off, but was caught by police who concerned about his mental state, took him to Airedale Hospital, where his girlfriend had also been taken.
He was then taken to the police station where officers discovered he was a banned driver and the amount of alcohol in his breath was 58 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit is 35.
Turner, who suffered a number of injuries in the accident, told police he had gone to Grassington with Miss Peacock and they had been drinking at the Devonshire Hotel. He also said he had been taking drugs and remembered little after 7pm.
Turner, who received a 15-month ban in June last year, had suffered injuries consistent with wearing a driver’s seatbelt, and Miss Peacock had confirmed he had been driving at the time.
Miss Peacock, whose letter confirming her continued support for Turner was read out in court, had been in hospital for five weeks following the accident with multiple injuries, including a fracture to the base of her neck, a broken shoulder blade and fractured pelvis. Although still in a neck brace, she was expected to make a full recovery.
Turner, of Hebden Road, admitted driving while over the limit, driving while disqualified and without insurance.
In mitigation, John Mewies said his client had been shocked by the extent of Miss Peacock’s injuries when he had seen her in hospital after being released by police.
The couple had been in a relationship for three years and the decision for him to drive had been a joint one. The accident had brought them closer together and they had realised how lucky they were to have escaped it without additional injury to themselves or others.
Mr Mewies said Turner had little recollection of the accident, but his attempt to get away was a result of him being disorientated.
He said he came from a good family and was a hard working landscape gardener who, if sent to prison, would very likely lose his job and independence.
Magistrates handed Turner a two-year community order with supervision and 200 hours unpaid work. He will also have to comply with a six-month curfew on Saturdays and Sundays between 7pm and 7am. He was also banned from driving for 38 months and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £60 victims surcharge.