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Driver lucky to be alive.

A drink drive teenager has been locked up for a horror crash which left him and his passenger lucky to be alive.

Liam Nichols was almost twice over the drink drive limit and speeding at an estimated 80mph when he lost control of his car.

It hit a pedestrian guard rail, struck a lamppost and a concrete bollard before coming to rest on its roof in Prince Edward Road, South Shields.

Nichols, 19, of Witton Avenue, South Shields, was trapped in the wreckage with a serious hand injury.

A friend, Karl Mullen, had to be freed from the passenger seat with eight broken ribs, fractures to his back, a broken breast bone and collapsed lung.

At Newcastle Crown Court Judge Michael Cartlidge sent Nichols to a young offender institution for 12 months and said: "Looking at the photographs it seems incredible the injuries were not a great deal more severe."

Nichols admitted dangerous driving and excess alcohol.

Nichols, who has no memory of the crash, was also banned from driving for three years.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 11, 2006
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