Jailed drink-driving Ipswich bricklayer crashed girlfriend’s car after going on Christmas bender

The car Jason Bones crashed in Wherstead Road, near Bourne Bridge

The car Jason Bones crashed in Wherstead Road, near Bourne Bridge - Credit: Archant

A drink-driver who crashed his girlfriend’s car after stealing it and driving 10 miles with the intention of getting drunk on a Christmas pub crawl has been jailed.

Jailed drink-driver Jason Bones

Jailed drink-driver Jason Bones - Credit: Archant

Jason Bones, of Briarhayes Close, Ipswich, also assaulted two police officers after being taken to Ipswich Hospital.

The 30-year-old admitted aggravated vehicle taking, drink-driving, driving with no insurance, and two charges of assaulting police on December 22 when he appeared before the magistrates’ court in Ipswich.

When he set out the evening before Bones had left his girlfriend’s home in East Bergholt to drive to Ipswich in a Vauxhall Corsa she had bought for when her son passed his driving test.

Jailing Bones for 12 weeks District Judge David Noble said: “You went out and deliberately nicked the car, and deliberately went out to get yourself drunk on your work’s do.”

Prosecutor David Bryant said the self-employed bricklayer crashed the Corsa into a fence in Wherstead Road after drinking 10 pints and several brandies as well as doing a line of cocaine on his night out. He left the scene, but returned after police arrived.

After being taken to hospital by officers he became agitated as his phone kept ringing. Bones warned he would ‘kick off’ if it was not answered.

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Bones then said: “If I kick off you are not going to stop me because I’m six feet four and 17 stone.”

He then kicked a chair across the room and pushed a male police officer to the floor. As the officer’s female colleague tried to grab hold of Bones he pushed his elbow backwards catching her on the right eye.

Bones had to be Pava sprayed in front of other people to subdue him. He later apologised to police.

A subsequent blood test showed Bones had 196 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mlg.

A probation officer who prepared a pre-sentence report said Bones deeply regrets what he had done.

Bones, who the court heard owed £1,166 in previous unpaid fines, said the offence was out of character.

He added a custodial sentence would make existing issues in his life worse.

In addition to his prison term, Bones was disqualified from driving for 20 months and must pay £115 to the victims’ fund.

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