Devon main road wrong-way drunk driver jailed
- 7 February 2013
- From the section England
A drunk driver who caused serious injuries to a Cornish couple when he drove the wrong way down a main road has been jailed for 14 months.
Michael Morgan, 56, made a U-turn on the A30 between Exeter and Honiton in Devon last October.
He crashed into Nicholas and Margaret Gordon's car breaking Mrs Gordon's legs, Exeter Crown Court heard.
Morgan of Whitstone Road, Paignton and Rochford Drive, Luton, admitted drink driving and dangerous driving.
Recorder David Bartlett also banned London Underground engineer Morgan from driving for five years.
The court heard Mrs Morgan spent nearly two months in hospital with prosecutors saying she suffered flashbacks and nightmares.
Her husband suffered two cracked ribs, a severe cut to his leg and spent eight days in hospital.
The recorder told Morgan: "It is a miracle anyone got out of this accident alive.
"It has been a tragedy for two families, especially Mrs Gordon, who was extremely lucky to survive and whose survival is a credit to the staff of the local hospital."
Ceylan Bayram, defending, said Morgan was ashamed of what he did and he was not trying to kill himself.