Cornwall

Drink-driver Derek Tasker who paralysed passenger jailed

  • 17 October 2012
  • From the section Cornwall

A drink-driver who inflicted devastating injuries on one of his passengers after crashing his BMW has been jailed for 50 weeks.

Derek Tasker, 35, from Lanjeth, St Austell pleaded guilty to driving drunk and carelessly after driving at "crazy speeds" through the village of Bugle.

Steven Coates, 21, was paralysed in the crash and lost the use of his legs for the rest of his life, the court heard.

Tasker had been speeding "up to 70mph" through the village's 30mph limit.

Judge John Neligan said: "I accept you are, and will continue to be remorseful for driving in that way, but an aggravating feature is that you were nearly twice over the drink-driving limit."

Witnesses had estimated Tasker was travelling at up to 70mph (113km/h) he sped through the village, overtaking and narrowly missing other vehicles before he crashed at Bilberry.

Tasker, a steel fabricator has been banned for three years and until he passes an extended test.

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