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Double crash drink-driver facing prison

By John Cassidy

Published 03/06/2016

Bankrupt Ivan Parkinson (63), of Laurel Close, Saintfield, Co Down, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop and failing to report an accident
Bankrupt Ivan Parkinson (63), of Laurel Close, Saintfield, Co Down, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop and failing to report an accident

A builder found to be three times the drink-drive limit when he was involved in two crashes five miles apart on the same day will be sentenced next week.

Bankrupt Ivan Parkinson (63), of Laurel Close, Saintfield, Co Down, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop and failing to report an accident.

Downpatrick Crown Court heard yesterday that Parkinson's van was involved in a head-on collision on the Saintfield Road on July 9, 2015.

He smashed into John Smyth's car. Mr Smyth's vehicle was "written off" and he spent two weeks in hospital with a fracture to a vertebrae in his back and a fractured kneecap. He still has back pain.

The first crash happened at 2.45pm on the Milltown Road in Belfast. He struck a stationary vehicle, whose driver, Patrick Murphy, got out and told Parkinson: "You are drunk."

Mr Murphy said Parkinson's van then hit his car three more times while his wife was inside before driving off.

Before sentencing next week, Judge Piers Grant told the court: "He will be going into custody."

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