Drunk driver veers into oncoming traffic

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Drunk driver veers into oncoming traffic

A drunk driver narrowly avoided causing a catastrophe after attempting to join the A500 on the wrong carriageway and crashing into the central reservation.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that Kevin Birchall, 43, had driven into the path of oncoming traffic on a slip road, before colliding with a barrier.

Admitting dangerous driving and drink driving, Birchall was sentenced to an eight-month jail term.

Handing down the sentence, Trial judge David Fletcher said: "It is almost impossible to imagine what you were thinking. This was an appalling piece of driving."

He also commented that Birchall had one of the highest blood alcohol readings he'd ever seen in a drink-drive case. When breathalysed, he gave a reading of 141 – four times the legal limit.

The defendant had spent the day drinking vodka at home before heading to the Black Lion pub in Trent Vale.

Prosecuting, Andrew Wallace said: "He put numerous other road users in danger, and could have caused a serious collision.

"He tried to run off as police arrived but he was far too drunk to get away."

On top of his custodial sentence Birchall was banned from driving for three years and will have to pass an extended driving test before being allowed on the road again. Unsurprisingly he also lost his job as a driver.