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Jail for Stonham Aspal drink driver after crash caused life threatening injuries

By Newsdesk Bury

A drink-driver who caused a crash in which a woman suffered life threatening injuries has been jailed for two years.

Philip Bloomfield, 49, of Stowmarket Road, Stonham Aspal, appeared today (Friday) at Ipswich Crown Court.

His Vauxhall Zafira car failed to negotiate a bend on the A1120 at Earl Stonham on the late afternoon of April 1, crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with an oncoming car.

Ipswich Crown Court. (6463821)
Ipswich Crown Court. (6463821)

The driver of the other car was university student Lauren Thomas who was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, with what were described as life threatening injuries.

Bloomfield, who was also seriously injured in the impact and also taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital for treatment, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and also driving with excess alcohol.

The court heard that following the crash, an expert had been able to calculate that Bloomfield had up to twice the legal level of alcohol in his blood for driving.

Judge Martyn Levett jailed Bloomfield for two years and disqualified him from driving for four years.

Bloomfield, who has no previous convictions, will have to pass an extended driving test before being allowed to regain his licence when the ban expires.

Appearing for Bloomfield, Isobel Ascherson said her client expressed genuine remorse but did not accept that he may have been twice the drink drive limt.

Bloomfield had no memory of what or where he had consumed alcohol before the collision, Miss Ascherson said.

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