Doncaster man jailed for dangerous driving

Scales of Justice
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A former trucker who turned to drink after the death of his partner was jailed for causing a three-car crash.

Neil Batten had been to a party the night before and downed a two-litre bottle of cider and two cans of strong lager before getting behind the wheel of his VW Passat.

His 24-year-old daughter begged him not to drive the three miles home but he insisted on driving and was lucky that nobody was seriously hurt in the accident on the A614 between Lindholme and Blaxton.

Batten, 47, of Gibson Road, Lindholme, admitted drink-driving and dangerous driving on Monday, May 27 this year.

He overtook a VW Polo at speed “seemingly oblivious of the vehicles on the road” and stayed on the wrong side of the carriageway then attempted to overtake a Peugeot.

But a Hyundai 4x4 was travelling in the opposite direction which caused Batten to brake and swerve into the rear of the Peugeot which ended up in a ditch.

Batten’s car then veered out of control and collided with the Hyundai, said Neil Coxon, prosecuting, at Sheffield Crown Court. When police arrived he appeared to be drunk and told them: “I was driving, it was my fault.”

He later gave a breath test reading of 92 - more than twice the legal driving limit - at the police station.

He said he had been drinking “due to the stresses and strains of family life” and had travelled at up to 60 mph before misjudging a second overtaking manoeuvre.

The Peugeot driver, James Edmond, needed seven stitches to his elbow and his car worth £4,000 had to be written off.

His passenger wife Gillian had soreness to her shoulder and arm and they ran up a £1,500 vet’s bill for treatment to one of their two dogs.

Batten was jailed for eight months and banned from driving for two years.