Lincolnshire

Drink-driver Ryan Potts left girl paralysed in crash

Ryan Potts
Image caption Potts was banned from driving for five years

A drink-driver from Lincolnshire who left a teenage girl paralysed after a crash has been detained for 20 months.

Ryan Potts, 19, of Stirling Way in Skellingthorpe, had drunk eight pints of lager when he lost control of his car on an isolated track near his home.

Lincoln Crown Court heard he ran away after the car rolled over leaving a 15-year-old girl trapped inside.

The girl, who is a pupil at the Priory City of Lincoln Academy, had to be cut free.

The GCSE student was taken to Sheffield Northern General Hospital, where she remains.

'No idea'

She is now a tetraplegic with no feeling from her chest down.

Two other passengers got out of the wreckage and called the emergency services.

Judge Sean Morris told Potts he had no idea if his teenage passenger was dying when he fled the scene in Ferry Lane on the evening of 6 August.

Potts admitted charges of driving with excess alcohol and dangerous driving.

He has been sent to a young offenders institution for 20 months and banned from driving for five years.

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