Drink driver’s bid to flee af­ter crash


Sunday Sun - - News - By Sara Ni­chol Reporter sara.ni­chol@ncj­me­dia.co.uk

A DRINK driver was three times the legall limit when he crashed head-on into a car out­side a hos­pi­tal.

Alan Dykes was seen by wit­nesses tak­ing a round­about at such speed his ve­hi­cle went on to two wheels be­fore the crash near North Ty­ne­side Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal on Au­gust 28.

The 54-year-old then tried to flee the scene but was stopped when the vic­tim grabbed his keys and the po­lice were called.

He was breathal­ysed by of­fi­cers and found to be three times the le­gal drink drive limit, giv­ing a read­ing of 101 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100ml of breath, the limit be­ing 35.

North Ty­ne­side Mag­is­trates’ Court heard it wasn’t known how much dam­age was caused to the other car or if any­one was in­jured dur­ing a hear­ing where Dykes, of River View, Tynemouth, plead- ed d guiltyil to drinkd i k driv­ing.d i i

Dis­trict Judge Sarah Grif­fiths said: “This was a head-on col­li­sion. There is no de­tails with re­gards to in­juries or dam­age.

“A wit­ness com­ing in the other di­rec­tion said Mr Dykes’s car was be­ing driven too fast on ap­proach to a round­about and ap­peared to be on two wheels. It was ag­gra­vated as he tried to leave the scene but was stopped as the wit­ness had to takek hi his k keys f from hi him.””

The court was told Dykes has two pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drink driv­ing from 1997 and 2002.

The judge added: “It’s con­cern­ing to me that you were driv­ing while so high over the le­gal limit. You were clearly in­tox­i­cated be­cause of the man­ner of your driv­ing. It’s clear you were im­paired and also there was this head-on col­li­sion.”

Amy Hos­sack, de­fend­ing, said Dykes was suf­fer­ing from an al­co­hol problem be­cause of is­sues with his home life and work and that he’d also de­vel­oped prob­lems with his men­tal health.

Dis­trict Judge Grif­fiths ad­journed the case for the prepa­ra­tion of a pre-sen­tence re­port.

Dykes was re­leased on un­con­di­tional bail to next ap­pear back at North Ty­ne­side Mag­is­trates’ Court on Oc­to­ber 3. Alan Dykes out­side North Ty­ne­side Mag­is­trates Court in North Shields

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