'Lethal weapon' drunk driver who rammed police jailed for 18 months
A DRINK-driver who sped off from police before stopping and ramming them has been jailed for 18 months.
Damon Hudson lapsed into downing a litre of vodka each morning due to losing his parents and a marriage split in the same year, Bristol Crown Court heard.
When he spotted police, he got into his van and led them on a high speed chase before ramming a police car three times.
Hudson, who was tested to be driving three times over the alcohol limit, said he collided with police because he may have engaged the wrong gear.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
The 43-year-old, of Calcott Road, Knowle, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.
Judge David Ticehurst told him: "When you drink you commit offences.
"You were drunk, you drove in a dangerous fashion and it could have led to serious injury or death.
"If you choose to drink yourself to death, that's a matter for you.
"If you drink and then drive a car you are driving a lethal weapon."
Hudson was banned from driving for five years and ordered to take an extended driving test.
Imogen McCabe, prosecuting, said it was in April when Hudson drove his Citroen van away from police on Bath Road and headed up Wells Road at 70mph in the 30mph zone.
Miss McCabe told how he jumped several red traffic lights – one set by a large shopping centre – and also drove on the wrong side of the road.
When he mounted the pavement a pedestrian had to leap out of the way, the court heard, before Hudson stopped the van.
Miss McCabe said: "His reversing lights came on and he reversed into the police car three times.
"In Mowbray Road, he almost hit a blue Astra and a second car had to brake hard to avoid being hit."
The court heard Hudson drove off to an address, where police found him in a bedroom, minus his trousers.
He was breathalysed and found to have 111 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35.
Hudson told police he panicked and drove off and claimed he may have accidentally reversed his van.
Robin Shellard, defending conceded it was "appalling" driving which crossed the custody threshold by a country mile.
Mr Shellard said his client had an insight into his drinking problems and understood they had to be addressed.
He said Hudson was in a new relationship and had work lined up if he got his life sorted out.