Cumbria

Drink-driver Jerry Bouma jailed over head-on A66 crash

Jerry Bouma
Image caption He admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol

A drink-driver who caused a head-on crash which left a man with "life-changing injuries" has been jailed for three years.

Van driver Jerry Bouma hit an oncoming Nissan when attempting to overtake on the A66 at Whinfell Forest, Cumbria.

Bouma, 44, of Oudewater, Holland, previously admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

He was also banned from driving for four years.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Bouma, who had an excess alcohol conviction in his native country, had drunk wine and vodka the evening before the crash to help him sleep on a ferry journey to the UK.

Lives 'ruined'

Judge Peter Davies described the combination of dangerous driving and excess alcohol as "catastrophic".

The crash happened on a stretch of single-carriageway between Penrith and Appleby shortly before 11:00 GMT on 24 October.

The occupants of the Nissan Qashqai, a couple from South Shields, South Tyneside, told the court their lives had been "ruined".

Terry Haram "broke many if not most of the bones in his body" and remains in hospital.

His wife suffered several fractures.

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