Dramatic crash video released to highlight anti-drink-driving campaign

 

Dramatic footage of a drunken motorist crashing into a pub was released by police today as part of an anti-drink-driving campaign.

The shocking CCTV footage shows a Volvo crashing into the Three Elms pub in Brixham, Devon, and seriously injuring landlord Kevin O'Neill.

Miraculously, no one else was injured even though seconds before impact a group of people, including a pregnant woman, had been standing outside the pub.

The driver, 45-year-old Leigh Brennan, lost control of his car in March as he drove through the town at 60mph and crashed into the porch of the pub.

The landlord was standing in the doorway and suffered a crushed pelvis, broken ribs and spinal injuries after being buried under masonry.

In July, Brennan, from Brixham, received a 12-month prison sentence and was banned from driving for two years.

The footage, which was recorded on a camera outside the pub, has been released by Devon and Cornwall Police as part of its annual Christmas anti-drink-drive campaign.

The campaign, which will run throughout December, is aimed at highlighting the damage that can be caused by drink-driving and reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

Inspector Richard Pryce, head of roads policing, said: “The devastation caused by drink-driving can be seen clearly in the CCTV footage.

“There was a group of people stood outside the pub just moments before the crash and it is a miracle that no one was killed and only one person was injured.

“The number of people who are killed or seriously injured by a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs is much too high and can be reduced.

“If you drink and drive, your chances of getting caught by police are high and the consequences are life-changing.

“As well as the potentially tragic consequences, someone who is caught drink-driving faces losing their livelihood, a driving ban, a hefty fine or spending time in prison.”

Officers in Devon and Cornwall will be carrying out roadside checks in the evenings and early mornings.

They will also continue to breath-test all drivers involved in any kind of collision and any motorists whose driving may lead them to suspect they are under the influence of drink or drugs.

“We will not tolerate drink-driving at any time of the year but we will ensure close attention is being paid over the festive period,” said Mr Pryce. “The message is simple: don't drink and drive.

“We urge people to think about how they are going to get home after they have been drinking and make arrangements before they go out.

“If you know someone is drink-driving, we do encourage you to do the responsible thing and report it to the police.”

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