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Drink-driver sentenced to 20 months in prison

Posted on 28th June 2018
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A drunk driver who caused a crash that led to a cyclist having to have a leg amputated has been jailed for 20 months.

Levi Leuty crashed his black BMW 116 on Rushup Edge after losing control on a bend on October 3, 2017. The 24-year-old swerved onto the other side of the road, hit Chris Abell and rolled his car over.

Mr Abell, who was returning to his home in Stockport after cycling more than 100 miles in the Peak District, was taken to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. A paramedic at the scene later told officers that his injuries were among the worst she had ever seen.

The 31-year-old's injuries were so serious that doctors had no option but to amputate his left leg just below the knee.

Leuty was arrested at the scene and was breathalysed. He blew a reading of 70microgrammes of alcohol in 100millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35microgrammes.

Leuty, of The Crescent, Bradwell, Hope Valley, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and to drink driving.

He was sentenced to 20 months in prison at Manchester Crown Court today (27/06/18). He was also banned from driving for four years and ten months and will have to take an extended re-test when his ban finishes. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £140.

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