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VIDEO: Drink Driver Smashes into Pub

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:00am 30th November 2012

As police in Cornwall launch their Christmas crackdown, a pub landlord has told Pirate FM how his life will never be the same - after a drink driver careered at him at 60mph.

Kevin O'Neill suffered a crushed pelvis, broken ribs and spinal injuries after the Volvo smashed into the doorway of the Three Elms, burying him under masonry.

He said: "There were four young kids sitting on the bench in front. I shooed them away from the pub. As they moved, he came ploughing through the bench. I know one of the young girls was pregnant.news - drink 2

"I actually died on the scene. Fair play to the ambulance staff - they got me back. It's really turned us about. There's a lot of stress. Friends and family have helped us out. If it wasn't for them I don't know what we'd do.

"The person who did it is not suffering. He's done his time now. But we're still suffering. I won't be the same person."

You can listen to his full story here...

 
The driver, Leigh Brennan, 45 and from Brixham, was jailed for a year and banned for driving for two years.

Inspector Richard Pryce said: "The devastation caused by drink driving can be seen clearly in the CCTV footage. There was a group of people stood outside the pub just moments before the crash and it is a miracle that no-one was killed and only one person was injured.
 
"The number of people who are killed or seriously injured by a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs is much too high and can be reduced.
 
"If you drink and drive your chances of getting caught by police are high and the consequences are life changing. As well as the potentially tragic consequences, someone who is caught drink driving faces losing their livelihood, a driving ban, a hefty fine or spending time in prison."
 
Devon and Cornwall Police say officers will be carrying out roadside checks in the evenings and early mornings. They will also continue to breathalyse all drivers involved in any kind of collision and any motorists whose driving may lead them to suspect they are under the influence of drink or drugs.
 
"We will not tolerate drink driving at any time of the year but we will ensure close attention is being paid over the festive period. The message is simple: don’t drink and drive." added Inspector Pryce.
 
"We urge people to think about how they are going to get home after they have been drinking and make arrangements before they go out. If you know someone is drink driving, we do encourage you to do the responsible thing and report it to the police.

"If someone is drinking and driving now, call 999. To report someone who regularly drinks and drives, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

You can watch the moment the car smashes into the pub here. Some viewers may find this footage distressing...

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