Ban for drink driver after horror smash

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A DRINK driver who caused a horrific head-on smash that left a woman in a wheelchair has been banned from the roads.

Manraj Singh Uppal had his two children and his wife in his Mercedes when he drove away drunk from a wedding.

Witnesses said the 32-year-old was travelling at up to 80mph towards Halifax on the A58 before the accident.

Prosecutor Marina Hunter-Gray told Calderdale Magistrates’ Court Uppal swerved on to the wrong side of the road after the car in front slowed to turn left.

The court heard he was driving so fast he was unable to brake in time.

She said: “He swerved around the wrong side of a traffic island and collided head-on with a vehicle coming in the opposite direction, causing that vehicle to spin and collide head-on with a vehicle directly behind it.”

A woman in one of the cars was wheelchair-bound for two months as a result of her terrible injuries.

The court heard she suffered a fractured sternum and at least two broken ribs.

All the toes in her right foot were dislocated, her big toe was broken, and her left foot was fractured.

A muscle in her hip was ruptured and her left knee was sliced to the bone, the court heard.

Her son suffered extensive cuts and bruises, as did a student in the other car.

Uppal dislocated his ankle and his wife needed stitches to a cut on her forehead.

Their children were lucky not to be hurt, the court heard.

Uppal was breathalysed at the scene and a blood sample was later taken in hospital.

He had 93mg of alcohol in 100mls of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

He claimed he had only drunk two bottles of Budweiser beer at the wedding party at the Aagrah restaurant in Pudsey, Leeds.

Uppal, of Oastler Avenue, Huddersfield, admitted drink driving and dangerous driving.

Michael Sisson-Pell, mitigating, said he accepted driving faster than the 60mph speed limit but not as fast as the prosecution claimed.

Magistrates committed the case to Bradford Crown Court for sentencing and imposed an interim disqualification order banning him from driving until the hearing on Thursday May 31.

Uppal, who has no previous convictions, was bailed.