Banned drink-driver is jailed over serious Sheffield crash

James Dyson has been jailed.
James Dyson has been jailed.
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A banned drink-driver who had never passed his test ploughed into another car – trapping a man underneath.

Police arrested James Dyson, of Bolsover Road, Firth Park, who despite never passing his driving test had racked up 27 convictions for motoring offences, including several for dangerous and drink driving.

Michael Rawlinson, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said 27-year-old Dyson, who was at the wheel of a Citroen Xsara, left the Nags Head Inn in Loxley, where he had been drinking and was driving at high speed along Loxley Road, Loxley, which has a 30mph limit.

Mr Rawlinson said Dyson rounded a bend, overtook another car and narrowly avoided having a head-on crash with an oncoming vehicle thanks to the other driver.

At that moment, Dyson lost control of his vehicle and smashed into Nicholas Bye’s stationary car on the roadside, while Mr Bye was changing a wheel following a puncture.

Mr Rawlinson said the impact knocked the parked car off the jack and onto Mr Bye, who suffered massive injuries including a broken back, six broken ribs, two broken legs, a punctured lung and severe lacerations.

He was taken to the Northern General Hospital’s high dependency unit.

Mr Rawlinson told the court Mr Bye was still in hospital awaiting a series of complicated operations and skin grafts.

Following the crash, Dyson ran off, discarding his top so as not to be recognised.

He went into an off-licence in Middlewood Road and told the shopkeeper he had been robbed and asked him to call a taxi.

Instead, the shopkeeper called the police and Dyson was arrested.

He gave a positive breath test, but refused to provide a blood sample, claiming he was frightened of needles.

He admitted causing injury by dangerous driving and failing to supply a specimen to police.

Jailing Dyson for three years Judge Peter Kelson said his record was ‘simply appalling’. Sentencing him, Judge Kelson said: “It’s hard to think of a worse record for someone charged with this offence.”