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Isobelle Woodall death: Drink-driver Stuart Rudd jailed

Stuart Rudd Image copyright GMP
Image caption Stuart Rudd had been drinking before the crash and did not have a full driving licence

A driver who killed a woman in a crash while over the limit after "a number of hours of drinking" has been jailed.

Stuart Rudd was attempting to overtake a vehicle in Central Park Way, Wigan, when his Ford Focus hit an oncoming Peugeot on 16 August 2015, police said.

The impact caused the Peugeot to "spin 360 degrees", killing passenger Isobelle Woodall, 19, of Powys.

At Liverpool Crown Court, Rudd admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

The 39-year-old, of Walkden Avenue East, Wigan, also admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said Rudd had spent "a number of hours" drinking alcohol in Wigan town centre before getting into his car with the intention of driving home.

After the crash, Rudd was taken to hospital where tests later revealed he had 155mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood - the limit is 80mg.

Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption Isobelle Woodall died at the scene of the collision

Further inquiries revealed he did not have a full driving licence and had lied to an insurance company to gain cover for the car.

Police said witnesses described the sound of the collision as "like an explosion".

The family of Ms Woodall, from Belan, Welshpool, said she had "just been finding her place in the world".

Neil Pennington of GMP's serious collision investigation unit, said Rudd had "taken the life of a young woman who had her whole future ahead of her".

He added: "The fact that he has been sentenced for a catalogue of driving offences shows that him driving drunk was not a momentary lapse in judgement but the actions of a man who does not care about the laws of the road."

Rudd was also disqualified from driving for 10 years.

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