A man has been jailed after crashing a stolen car head-on into a woman travelling to meet him for a first date.Woodside pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, driving with excess alcohol and having no insurance. Sam Magee, prosecuting, said the accident happened when he was due to meet the victim for “their first date”. He said Woodside had taken a Mercedes belonging to his employer without his permission and had been drinking earlier in the day.
Mr Magee said the woman was driving along the Ballydougan Road outside Downpatrick in her VW Golf at a speed of 45mph in a 60mph zone. “One witness described that the black Mercedes had passed their vehicle ‘like a rocket’. The woman swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision, but to no avail.”
The woman had surgery and skin grafts to her foot and a drain in her chest. Five hours after the accident Woodside was found to be twice the drink driving limit. When the Mercedes was examined the speedometer was “frozen” between 75-80mph.
The judge sentenced Woodside to 21 months in custody and a further 21 months on licence following his release. He was also banned from driving for six years and is required to sit the advance driver’s course.