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Drink driver jailed after colliding with house

In March, emergency services from North Yorkshire attended a collision involving a car and a house near Ebberston. Now the driver has been jailed for over two years after his passengers suffered life-changing injuries.

The car driven by Bradley Dunlop, 37, hit a house at such speed that it struck a first-floor window, landed on top of a large porch, and came to rest back on the carriageway.

Three passengers in the car suffered serious, life-changing injuries. The driver, Dunlop, who resided in Scarborough at the time of the collision, suffered minor injuries. He provided a positive roadside breath test, and a blood sample later showed him to be over the limit for both alcohol and benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine.

There was extensive damage to the property struck by Dunlop, running to many thousands of pounds.

The passengers in the car all suffered multiple fractures and spent long periods of time in hospital. They are still receiving treatment for their injuries.

An investigation was conducted by TC Mark Patterson from the North Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group.

Dunlop pleaded guilty to three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving whilst over the prescribed limit (alcohol), driving whilst over the specified limit (drugs), no insurance and no licence.

He was sentenced at York Crown Court on Thursday 14 November 2019 to 2 years and 4 months’ imprisonment, and a seven-year driving ban.

TC Patterson said: “Dunlop got behind the wheel of a car without a licence, after drinking and taking drugs. As a result of his unacceptable actions, three people were left with life-changing injuries, and significant damage was caused to a family home. It is right that he has now faced the consequences of those actions in court.”

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