Essex

Benjamin Hagon jailed over Essex drink-drive crash

Ford KA in crash in High Garrett, Essex Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption The victim's Ford KA was badly damaged in the crash

A drunken driver who crashed into another car, leaving a woman with life-changing injuries, has been jailed.

Benjamin Hagon crashed in High Garrett, Essex, in February 2014, when he was still over the alcohol limit the day after a night out.

At Chelmsford Crown Court, the 36-year-old admitted dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

Hagon, of Acorn Avenue, Halstead, was jailed for two years, eight months, and banned from driving for five years.

Essex Police said Hagon's black Mercedes convertible ploughed into a black Ford KA on the A131 Halstead Road, High Garrett, near Braintree, on 9 February 2014.

The driver of the KA, aged in her 20s and from the Braintree area, was seriously injured and may "never fully recover", the force said.

Sgt Damon Bainbridge said Hagon "drove in a manner that showed a total disregard for the safety of other road users and himself".

He added: "His actions tragically changed the life of a young lady and her family forever."

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