Jail for Illingworth man who caused head-on crash whilst banned from driving

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A 31-year-old Illingworth man has been jailed for a year after an early hours head-on crash wrote off two vehicles.

Bradford Crown Court heard how Stephen Crabtree, who was already disqualified from driving, took his father’s van without permission and later crashed into another vehicle on Windy Bank Lane.

Prosecutor Robert Galley said the collision, which happened last October, caused damage to both vehicles and the court heard that Crabtree himself was later treated in hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured, but Judge Jonathan Rose said it was nothing short of a miracle that no-one had been seriously injured or killed.

Crabtree, of Moor Lane, Illingworth, admitted offences of aggravated vehicle taking, drink-driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Mr Galley said Crabtree, who had previous convictions for driving over the limit and driving while banned, was later found to be twice over the drink-drive limit.

Lawyer Michael Reeve, for Crabtree, said it was accepted that his behaviour that night had been extraordinarily stupid and his thinking had been clouded by the alcohol he had consumed.

He said Crabtree was a weekend binge drinker and had now expressed remorse for the offences.

Judge Rose said Crabtree had a dreadful record particularly for drink-driving and the two vehicles had been written off in the collision.

As well as being jailed for a year Crabtree was banned from driving again for three years and he must take an extended driving test at the end of that disqualification.