Dangerous driver broke own neck in crash


Dangerous driver broke own neck in crash

A banned driver who broke his own neck in a drink and drug-fuelled motoring rampage has been jailed for 28 months.

Robert Brean threatened other motorists and assaulted a police community support officer before crashing his car and inflicting the severe injury upon himself.

Bristol Crown Court heard how the 21-year-old relapsed into substance abused after his partner suffered a miscarriage.

Brean, of Weston-super-Mare, admitted threatening to destroy property, three charges of driving while disqualified and two charges of dangerous driving.

On top of his custodial sentence, he was banned from driving for three years and will have to sit an extended driving test should he ever want to get back behind the wheel.

Handing down the sentence, Judge Graham Hume Jones said: "The conduct is most serious because it is very dangerous driving."

Richard Prosner, prosecuting, told the court the crash occurred in June this year, when the dangerous driver was at the wheel of a Peugeot.

After taking a corner too fast, Brean narrowly avoiding a collision with a car coming the other way.

He then threatened the occupants of that car, saying he had their number plate and would come round to throw a brick through their window.

When police investigating the incident found Brean in the parked car, he drove away, striking a PCSO with the vehicle in what was described as a "glancing blow".

The next day, he was seen crashing another car, a VW Passat, into walls before making off. He was later involved in a collision with another car and was hospitalised.

Nadeem Aullybocus, defending, said his client was in an emotional state of mind following the loss of his unborn child.

Addressing the court, he said: "This is no excuse but it is why he relapsed.

"He's broken his neck in numerous places, he's fortunate to be alive."

The court also heard that Brean had previously been banned from driving for two years after being arrested following a police chase.