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Mum unable to cuddle baby after breaking back in crash caused by drunk driver

Andrew Bourne ignored pleas from victim Charlotte Taylor to slow down and increased his speed while taunting her by asking ‘Am I scaring you? Have you never been scared before? I’m going to scare you.’

Bourne was arrested ten minutes later and was just under twice the drink drive limit when he was breathalysed two hours later

A mother was left unable to cuddle her baby after breaking her back in a crash caused by a drunk driver.

Andrew Bourne ignored pleas from victim Charlotte Taylor to slow down and increased his speed while taunting her by asking ‘Am I scaring you? Have you never been scared before? I’m going to scare you.’

He had been driving at speeds of 80 mph before he crashed his Ford Focus into a Thank You NHS sign on the main road into Torquay at 2.15am on New Year’s Day this year.

He left her with a broken back in the wreckage of his car and ran off saying ‘I’m not going to prison for this’. A judge at Exeter Crown Court disagreed and sent him down for two years, reports Devon Live.

Bourne was arrested ten minutes later and was just under twice the drink drive limit when he was breathalysed two hours later. He also had a wrap of amphetamine in his wallet. He looked bleary-eyed in his police mugshot.

Mrs Taylor suffered three broken vertebrae, spent six weeks in a back brace, and was unable to hold or breast feed her eight-month-old daughter.

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She said she thought she and her husband Elliot, who was the front seat passenger, were both going to die and leave their young daughter parentless. She said Bourne’s driving was atrocious, horrific and dangerous and he was an idiot.

Bourne, aged 35, of Orleigh Gardens, Newton Abbot, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving, and personal possession of amphetamines.

He was jailed for two years and banned from driving for three years after his release by Recorder Mr Neil Millard.

He told him: “Charlotte Taylor had every reason to be scared. She described you as an idiot and I agree. You scared her emotionally and scarred her physically and she is still suffering from her injuries.

“You drove in a dangerous manner while under the influence of alcohol to deliberately scare her. You fled the scene, causing her husband to be arrested in your place.





“You disregarded warnings from Mrs Taylor and her husband to stop. This was a prolonged course of poor driving at greatly excessive speeds.”

Miss Bathsheba Cassel, prosecuting, said Bourne offered Mrs Taylor and a husband a lift home from a New Year’s Eve party in Paignton but they soon realised he was drunk and driving badly.

She asked him to slow down and pleaded to let her get out but instead he speeded up and swerved around the road, going onto the wrong side and driving across roundabouts without stopping.

By this stage she was screaming in terror but he told her he was going to scare her even more and narrowly missed the central reservation as he reached speeds she estimated at 80 mph.

He crashed at a junction which is famous for a floral display welcoming visitors to the English Riviera and demolished a palm tree and a ‘Thank you NHS’ sign.

He left Mr Taylor in the front passenger seat and Charlotte severely injured in the back. He was aggressive to another motorist who went to help and saw him putting debris from his car in the boot before fleeing the scene.





He was arrested ten minutes later and found with £25 worth of amphetamines in his wallet. He blew a breath test of 67 microgrammes two hours later, almost twice the limit of 35.

Mrs Taylor spent six weeks in a back brace during which she was unable to pick up her daughter. She was off work from her job at a nursery for four months and has still not returned full time.

She said in a victim personal statement: “I missed being able to hold or cuddle my baby and to being able to breast feed. It was really upsetting. Andrew is an idiot.”

Mr Daniel Pawson-Pounds, defending, said Bourne has shown true remorse since the crash and addressed a drink problem and sought help for the first time with dealing with issues arising from abuse in childhood.

He has a partner and four young children who will suffer if he goes straight to prison.

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