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Drink-driver jailed for 18 months for crash on Anglesey

A 20-year-old motorist has been jailed for 18 months for causing a crash that left a couple and their three children seriously injured.

Ricky Marshall, 20, from Newborough, Anglesey, crashed into a Ford Mondeo in on the A480 in Anglesey last August.

He admitted dangerous driving, drink driving and having bald tyres.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard other motorists had said Marshall was going incredibly fast. The judge said it was "outrageously bad driving."

Prosecutor Ian Evans told Caernarfon Crown Court that driver had expected there to be an eventual crash as Marshall travelled on the opposite side of the road and ignored double white lines.

On the brow of a hill near Llanedwen, in a 50mph zone, he hit a car in front then pulled out, lost control of his car and travelled across the double white lines and into the Mondeo coming the other way.

The other driver, Kevin Leslie, 45, of Oldham, Greater Manchester, suffered leg injuries which needed three operations and had only just gone back to work.

'Prolonged'

His wife Celia, 45, a special needs teacher, suffered a broken shoulder and their eldest daughter, then ten, had life-threatening internal injuries.

Two other children, aged eight and nine at the time, were also treated in hospital.

Marshall was also taken to hospital. Five hours after the crash his blood alcohol level was 145, the limit being 80, and there were also traces of cannabis and diazepam, the court heard.

He was banned from driving for three years and will have to take a test before driving again.

Sentencing Marshall to 18 months in a young offenders institution, Judge Merfyn Hughes QC said: "You were engaged in a prolonged piece of outrageously bad driving."

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