Driver 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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