Drink driver who left teen girls seriously injured after horror seaside smash is sentenced
Geoffrey Ewart, from Grangetown, left one girl scarred for life after bombing around Scarborough in a BMW 330
A banned drink-driver who seriously injured two teenage girls in a seaside horror crash has been jailed.
Geoffrey Ewart, from Grangetown, bombed around Scarborough in a BMW 330 when the car careered off the road and tumbled down a steep embankment.
The 30-year-old – who ignored his passengers’ frantic pleas to stop – ran from the wrecked vehicle, leaving the two girls trapped inside.
Prosecutor Andrew Semple said one of them suffered catastrophic injuries including broken bones and was left immobile for weeks.
Mr Semple said the car, which had come off its wheels, had £12,500 of damage in the smash on Castle Road on June 24 last year.
Police found Ewart at a nearby taxi rank at about 1am.
Ewart, of Grisedale Crescent, was breathalysed three hours later by which time his alcohol level had dipped, but experts worked out that at the time of the accident he would have been about one-and-a-half times over the drink-drive limit.
The offshore oil rigger admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle-taking, drink-driving, having no insurance and driving while disqualified.
Ewart once faked own 21st birthday party to evade justice
York Crown Court heard that the BMW belonged to Ewart’s father and that his son had taken it without his consent before setting off for Scarborough.
After picking up his passengers, he began to drive “very fast”.
Mr Semple said: “One of the girls said her head was forced back into the seat by his speed.”
He rejected their pleas to let them out before the car left the road and clattered through bushes as it rolled down the embankment.
The older girl suffered a broken shoulder and fractured pelvis.
Her injuries were so serious she was transferred to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where she underwent several operations, had two blood transfusions and remained bed-bound for three weeks.
It was another six weeks before she could move without a wheelchair or crutches.
She was left scarred for life with a 14cm injury on her arm.
The younger girl suffered whiplash injuries and had to undergo 10 weeks of physio.
Scarborough crash followed ‘night of sheer stupidity and madness’
Ewart had three convictions including one for violence and perverting the course of justice in 2010, when he was jailed for punching a man repeatedly during a street brawl in Middlesbrough.
Ewart tried to evade justice on that occasion by faking his own 21st birthday party and using falsified photos from the pub ‘shindig’ in a forlorn attempt to convince police he was elsewhere at the time of the incident.
Following his release from prison in December 2014, he was caught drink-driving and given a 12-month ban.
Ewart’s barrister James Kemp said the horror crash in Scarborough followed a “night of sheer stupidity and madness”.
But Judge Richard Wright QC slammed Ewart for his “dangerous, show-off” driving and “callous” decision to leave the girls in the car as he fled the scene.
“You have shown little or no remorse towards your victims,” he added.
Ewart was jailed for two years and eight months, and given a five-year driving ban.