Drink driver ‘showing off to girlfriend’ crashes into Poundland and breaks her collarbone

Andrew Devine sped through red lights and drove on the wrong side of the road 

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A drunk driver crashed into a shop while going 75mph in a 30mph zone. 

Andrew Devine was allegedly showing off to his girlfriend, who suffered serious injuries, when he crashed into a Poundland Store in Liverpool. 

The 24-year-old broke his nose while his girlfriend, Robyn Hinxman, 22, broke her collarbone and wrist. 

Devine apparently drove on the wrong side of the road to avoid cameras and sped through red lights, according to the Liverpool Echo. He also smashed the window of a Coral betting shop when he crashed into the Poundland next door.

When police arrived at the scene Devine reportedly said, “I know what I’ve done, I’m sorry”, but then refused to give a blood sample. 

Judge Thomas Teague, QC, said that, despite Ms Hinxman not wanting her partner to go to prison, he could not suspend the “inevitable sentence”.  

“You are in all other respects a hard working member of society. You admit you had been showing off to your girlfriend.

“The views of the victim cannot be decisive,” he said, the Liverpool Echo reported.

Devine has three prior convictions for eight offences which include careless driving and drink driving. He was given two years in prison and banned from driving for four years.