A WOMAN suffered serious head injuries and lost a finger after her drink-driving ex-boyfriend crashed into a tree near Cromford.
Caroline Miller is still in Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre following the collision at Grangemill on December 7.
Chesterfield magistrates heard that self-employed builder Piers Wood lost control of his Volkswagen Golf on a bend on the A5012 Via Gellia road at 9.20pm.
“The vehicle collided with a road sign and a tree before coming back to rest on the carriageway. He suffered slight injuries but his passenger wasn’t so lucky,” said Peter Bettney, prosecuting.
He told the court that Ms Miller suffered major head trauma and it was initially feared she may lose one of her hands and even her life. She remained in a stable condition in the intensive therapy unit.
Wood, 42, told police: “It’s all my fault. I’ll be honest with you - I’ve had a drink.”
He said he had shared two bottles of wine with Ms Miller and was driving too fast and lost control of his car.
Mr Bettney said Wood gave a reading of 71mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath - more than double the 35mcgs lmit.
Wood, of Clematis Cottage, Middle Hill Farm, Grangemill, admitted drink-driving and was handed an 8pm to 8am curfew for six weeks, with £85 costs.
He also received a 22-month road ban which will be cut by a quarter if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.
John Wilford, for Wood, said his ex-girlfriend contacted him “out of the blue” and then visited him.
“Foolishly they went for a drive. They were only going up and down the road and they had gone a short distance when the car touched the verge and went off the road with very unfortunate consequences.
“He is traumatised by the incident and deeply regrets it. Because of where he lives and the nature of his business he will probably end up claiming benefit, and he is fearful of losing his accommodation,” added Mr Wilford.