Drink-driver leaves court in ambulance

Arthur Ford taken to hospital by ambulance outside Bradford Crown Court
Arthur Ford taken to hospital by ambulance outside Bradford Crown Court

A drink driver who left a girl paralysed had to be taken to hospital after fainting in court on the day of his sentence.

Arthur Ford, 51, of Weavers Brook, Illingworth, Halifax, was due to be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on October 22, for drink driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving after causing paralysis from the waist down of a 14-year-old girl from Stockport and injury to a 17-year-old boy after drink driving from Stockport with the teenage passengers in the car on May 28.

In a previous hearing, Calderdale Magistrates’ heard how Ford, who was twice over the limit, had drove drunk to Stockport to collect the teenagers and had drank beer at the wheel and stopped at newsagents to purchase bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey, after urinating in public.

Ford pursued a horror-like journey as he laughed “spookily” as the teenage passengers “begged” him to slow down as he drove at 75-90mph on Blackstone Edge Road.

Ford lost control and the Peugeot vehicle flipped into a nearby field.

Ford pleaded guilty to both charges and was due to be sentenced at Crown Court on October 1, then on October 11, and recently, October 22.

Ford, who was aided by crutches, was sitting in the court concourse awaiting sentence. But as his case was called it was announced in the court room that Ford, who is in ill health, had lost consciousness and was deemed ‘unfit for proceedings.’

Ford waited to find out the next court date before leaving in an ambulance.

He is next due to appear at Bradford Crown Court for sentence on November 5.