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Drink driver who caused two crashes and left cyclist in intensive care jailed for 50 months

Andrew Peter Burns was on a pre-Christmas night out with work colleagues, drank "five or six" rounds before being denied entry to a pub for being too drunk — he then got behind the wheel of his car...

A drink driver who got behind the wheel of his car after being turned away from a pub for being too intoxicated, causing two crashes — one of which left a cyclist in intensive care for three weeks — has been jailed for more than four years.

Andrew Peter Burns' Christmas night out offences saw him sentenced to 50 months in prison at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday, Wales Online reports, after the drink driver had pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, failing to stop, and failing to report an accident.

Burns had been on a work night out on 6 December 2021, part of his colleagues' pre-Christmas celebrations, and visited multiple pubs and a Miller & Carter restaurant where he ate a meal and drank "five or six" alcoholic drinks.

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The court was shown CCTV footage of Burns leaving a pub drunk and then being refused entry when he tried to go back to the Borough Arms as he was too intoxicated.

Burns then got into his Audi A3 and caused two crashes to the east of the city centre, the first on City Road and a second on Metal Street nearby just before 9pm. In the first, he crashed into the back of another vehicle, while in the second he hit a delivery cyclist working in the city.

The drink driver failed to stop at the scene of both incidents, with the cyclist taken to hospital with serious head and leg injuries which required three weeks of treatment in intensive care.

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Having been arrested the following day, Burns pleaded guilty to the aforementioned charges and was in court on Monday for sentencing, during which his barrister said the 47-year-old had panicked and fled the scene of the crashes.

"The defendant is very sorry for what has happened and wishes that he could turn back the clock," he said.

Burns was sentenced to 50 months in prison by judge Jeremy Jenkins and was told he would serve half in custody and the remainder on licence. The drink driver was also banned from driving for four years and one month. He will have to pass an extended retest to resume driving at the end of the ban.

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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OldRidgeback | 7 months ago
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Why let him have his licence back at all?

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Stephankernow | 7 months ago
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Anybody drunk driving causing injuries to anyone 5 years mandatory. That person should serve 5 years too if youve ever been in a car with a drunk driver as a child you will know.

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brooksby replied to Stephankernow | 7 months ago
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Stephankernow wrote:

Anybody drunk driving causing injuries to anyone 5 years mandatory. That person should serve 5 years too if youve ever been in a car with a drunk driver as a child you will know.

Why was a child drunk-driving?

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hawkinspeter replied to brooksby | 7 months ago
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brooksby wrote:

Why was a child drunk-driving?

Probably because they can't handle their beer

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chrisonabike replied to hawkinspeter | 7 months ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:
brooksby wrote:

Why was a child drunk-driving?

Probably because they can't handle their beer

They should have asked for it in a child's glass - easier for little hands.

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hawkinspeter replied to chrisonabike | 7 months ago
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chrisonatrike wrote:

They should have asked for it in a child's glass - easier for little hands.

Sometimes it's just easier to use a straw

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Hirsute replied to Stephankernow | 7 months ago
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I hope you go on motoring sites to remind drivers of their responsibilities and collective blame and tell them they should behave to gain respect.

Your second sentence makes no sense at all.

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brooksby | 7 months ago
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He will have to pass an extended retest to resume driving at the end of the ban.

Or, he will just drive around without a licence and gamble that he doesn't get caught.

Remember: this is someone who "got behind the wheel of his car after being turned away from a pub for being too intoxicated" so I'm not entirely convinced that he could give two hoots about actually having a valid driving licence or insurance... 

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chrisonabike replied to brooksby | 7 months ago
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But but "otherwise law-abiding"...

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wtjs replied to brooksby | 7 months ago
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I'm not entirely convinced that he could give two hoots about actually having a valid driving licence or insurance... 

Audi driver- of course he doesn't! I may be under-suspicious about Vingegard, Pogacar and Yates, A, but I'm decidedly over-suspicious that the 2+ years he's supposed to serve in prison will then be subject to the 50% discount dodge for not being caught law-breaking while inside.

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andystow replied to brooksby | 7 months ago
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I'll just make my usual comment about the farce that is an "extended retest." It's basically a test of whether he can show up sober for a one hour event on a single day. What a high bar.

The only way an extended retest makes sense as a tool is if there's an actual physical/mental/coordination skills problem that someone has overcome with additional training and practise.

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RoubaixCube | 7 months ago
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Nothing quite like a slap on the wrist

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muhasib replied to RoubaixCube | 7 months ago
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He'll hold the pint in his other hand so it doesn't spill.

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