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Friday, 24 October 2014

Drunken Millom crash driver wanted to die

A SUICIDAL scaffolder who crashed into a car while drunk after deciding “ to end it all” has been told he could face jail.

Alan Bosanko pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen and dangerous driving when he appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Bosanko, 30, had been drinking on April 1 when he crashed his black Ford Focus into a green Renault Clio.

A motorist had spotted Bosanko driving erratically in Haverigg Road, Millom, at around 8.15pm when he was seen mounting a curb with enough force to blow his front tyres before he drove through a red light.

When the car caught up with Bosanko the driver saw a green Clio that had been in an accident.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said: “The car hit the kerb at such speed both front tyres had blown.”

The court heard Bosanko’s Ford Focus had collided with the car, scraping down the side of the Clio and leaving the Focus badly damaged. A passenger in the Clio suffered whiplash injuries.

Mrs Hine continued: “The front axle of the vehicle came away from the defendant’s car and left it undrivable.

“But he continued revving the engine.

“A passerby approached and asked him to put the hazards on but he put the radio on instead.”

Police arrived and found Bosanko, of Palmers Lane, Millom, still in the car.

He was breathalysed at the scene and gave a reading of 132 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Bosanko was arrested and taken to Barrow police station but officers later took him to Furness General Hospital due to his drunken state.

A police doctor arrived at 8.25pm and asked for a sample of blood but Bosanko refused.

Mrs Hine said: “PC Burgess interviewed Bosanko, he said he’d downed most of a bottle of vodka and at the time he was having suicidal thoughts – which affected his state of mind.”

The court heard Bosanko had been disqualified from driving in 2003.

Ms Cath Mcateer, defending, said: “He has a long history of depression with many attempted suicides.

“He had decided to end it all – he got drunk to ease his passing and he was on his way to commit suicide when this accident occurred.

“He realises the magnitude of events that evening.

“He accepts that he is never going to drive again.”

District judge Mr Gerald Chalk said his powers were inadequate to sentence Bosanko.

He will be committed to the crown court for sentence on July 20.

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