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Huddersfield drug driver who hurt son in crash jailed

Daniel Lickess Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Daniel Lickess was jailed for 22 months at Bradford Crown Court

A driver whose son was injured when he crashed his car while over the legal limit for cannabis has been jailed.

Daniel Lickess, 29, had been "showing off" in the Subaru Impreza when he lost control and it span down the road in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, in June.

His three-year-old son, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time, was taken to hospital with bruising.

Lickess, of Deer Croft Crescent, Huddersfield, was jailed for 22 months at Bradford Crown Court.

The self-employed plasterer admitted two counts of driving while over the drug limit, driving without insurance, driving while disqualified and failing to stop after an accident.

He was found guilty by magistrates of dangerous driving.

The court heard the Subaru "pirouetted" down the road, which had a 20mph speed limit, before it crashed into a factory wall and steel railings.

Two other adults were in the car along with Lickess and his son when it narrowly avoided smashing into another vehicle at the junction of Raistrick Common and Gooder Lane.

A male passenger suffered minor whiplash injuries.

Lickess was arrested at his home and was found to be over the limit for cannabis, the court heard.

In September last year, he had his driving licence revoked as he had accumulated 12 points, but in January he was again caught driving while over the cannabis limit.

On that occasion Lickess, who was by then disqualified and had no insurance, was driving his Vauxhall Insignia in Elland when he provided a positive test for drugs after a police stop, the court was told.

Abigail Langford, defending, said Lickess had been using cannabis to abate the symptoms of a medical condition relating to extreme agitation and an inability to "control his limbs".

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