Driver is jailed after crash

A magistrate’s son has been jailed for 10 months after he caused a serious road accident while over the drink-drive limit.

Manraj Singh Uppal veered onto the wrong side of the A58 near Cleckheaton Golf Club and crashed head-on into a Nissan containing Halifax woman Anna Armstrong and her 19-year-old son.

The force of impact, last October, caused her car to spin round collide with another vehicle containing two occupants.

Prosecutor Duncan Ritchie said a van driver estimated that Uppal, 32, of Oastler Avenue, Huddersfield, was driving his Mercedes between 75 to 80 mph.

Mrs Armstrong suffered multiple fractures in the collision and was wheelchair-bound for at least six weeks.

She is still undergoing treatment for her injuries and is walking with the aid of a stick.

Uppal and his wife were also injured in the crash as were Mrs Armstrong’s teenage son and the two people in the third car.

Although Uppal initially indicated that his wife had been driving he pleaded guilty last month to charges of dangerous driving and driving while over the prescribed limit.

Uppal’s blood alcohol reading was 93 micrograms. The legal limit is 80.

Uppal’s barrister Adam Birkby said he accepted full responsibility because the alcohol in his system and the manoeuvre at speed made the driving dangerous.

Mr Birkby revealed that his client’s father was a magistrate in Huddersfield and he also submitted references on behalf of Uppal including one from a councillor and one from an MP.

He said Uppal had been driving for 15 years without any points on his licence and apart from that night he was a sensible and careful driver.