Drink driver’s bid to flee after crash
‘CAR WAS ON TWO WHEELS’
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