Ipswich: Dog saved woman from drink-drive biker collision

A drink-driver is today awaiting his fate after he mounted a kerb and narrowly missed colliding with a partially sighted woman after taking his friend’s motorcycle.

Alcohol-dependent Kevin Everington appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court after he struck a stationary vehicle while riding the Yamaha DT 125 motorcycle, which he had taken from a friend.

Everington pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and property damage under �5,000 and driving when above the alcohol limit when he appeared at the court last week. He was tested as having 122mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 80mg of alcohol.

The court heard that the 41-year-old, of Inverness Road, Ipswich, had spent time “doing up” his friend’s bike before taking it for a spin around Renfrew Road. After a short distance, Everington mounted the kerb and drove down the grass verge, nearly hitting a woman walking a dog. He then ploughed into a stationary car, which left him requiring three days of hospital treatment.

District Judge David Cooper said the incident could have easily been fatal.

He said: “If it hadn’t been for the dog moving its owner then it could have been a lot worse – it could have been a fatal.”

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, said: “He had left the road and ended up on the grass verge in Renfrew Road where he hit a stationary vehicle. He suffered a broken shoulder and cracked ribs.

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“A woman who was partially sighted, but didn’t see anything or hear anything beforehand, was very nearly hit but was pulled out of the way of the vehicle by her dog.

“Mr Everington missed her by inches. Police arrived and he was taken to hospital and was tested for alcohol. There were traces of alcohol and morphine in his system.

“He accepts that he must have done it because of his injuries.”

Mark Holt, mitigating for Everington, said: “He has no recollection of the event. He is a carer for his partner who suffers from a breathing complaint.”

The case was adjourned until January 23 for pre-sentence reports.