Drunk nearly killed victim
A MAN was left with life-changing injuries after a car driven by a woman five-times the alcohol limit smashed into his vehicle.
He suffered four broken ribs, other fractures and was hospitalised for two weeks. The victim lost control after his car was clipped, spinning across the road and slamming into a concrete bollard.
The accused avoided a jail term.
A MOTHER who was five times the drink-drive limit has avoided being sent to jail despite almost killing a man in a crash.
Mayuree Halstead, 33, clipped her victim’s car as she sped along a Glasgow street, causing the vehicle to spin out of control across the road and into a concrete bollard and electricity box.
The man suffered four broken ribs, a fracture to his right collarbone, two fractured vertebrae, two fractures to his pelvis and had glass removed from his head.
He was also kept in hospital for two weeks and was housebound when released. The victim still needs to use crutches, have physiotherapy and is still in pain.
Witnesses spotted the Halstead speeding i n a Renault Clio. They reported that she was driving faster than the 30mph limit when she crashed into her victim.
Halstead took four attempts to provide a breath specimen, which recorded 111 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 22mg.
Her defence agent claimed that Halstead, who required the assistance of a Thai translator, did not understand why she had to sign a form and give a sample of breath and merely asked to hear the question again.
The incident happened on September 20, 2017, on Kirklee Road, in the West End.
At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Halstead pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to a man by driving a car dangerously and at excessive speed while under the influence of alcohol. She also pleaded guilty to failing to provide two specimens of breath without a reasonable excuse at London Road police station.
In defence it was highlighted Halstead was a single parent with a six-year-old and a baby on the way. Her lawyer claimed the car she was driving belonged to her former employer, who was now looking to retrieve £2000 from the defendant to pay for the damages.
Halstead, of Broad Street, Bridgeton, who works as a cleaner, was accompanied in court by a male friend – who offered to pay any fine imposed.
Sheriff Gerard Bonnar told Halstead: “This is a very serious matter. A man was very seriously injured as a result of your quality of driving, no doubt influenced by the alcohol you consumed.”
Halstead was sentenced to a Community Payback Order with supervision for 12 months. She was also placed on a Restriction of Liberty Order, to remain at home from 7pm and 7am for three months.
She was also disqualified from driving for two years and must resit her test to get her licence back.
Mayuree Halstead appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court and was banned from driving