A MAN suffered “life-changing” injuries when he crashed his motorbike while above the drink-drive limit.
Joseph Andrew Shallcross, of John Wilkinson Court, Brymbo, suffered a broken back, fractured ribs and a punctured lung after he lost control of his Suzuki 600cc motorcycle on the Brymbo link road on June 10.
Because of the severity of his injuries, police could not breathalyse Shallcross, 49, at the scene. Instead a blood reading was taken four hours later at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, which showed him to have 137 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.
Shallcross pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and was banned from driving for a year, to be reduced to nine months on completion of a drink-driving awareness course. He was ordered to pay total costs of £205.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, told Wrexham Magistrates Court Shallcross had attended a barbecue in Wrexham at a friend’s house and was driving home.
He crashed his vehicle on the Brymbo link road shortly before midnight and later admitted he had been drinking at the social event.
Shallcross, a bus driver, had to have a vertebrae in his lower back removed and was in a critical condition at Stoke Mandeville Hospital for three weeks before returning to Wrexham Maelor for a further seven weeks of treatment.
Stephen Edwards, defending, said: “My client was not far over the limit and the cause of the accident remains unclear. However, there can be no bigger warning than this about the dangers of drink-driving.
“He had suffered life-changing injuries as a result of the crash. It is fair to say he has paid a price far heavier than any sentence imposed today.”
Mr Edwards confirmed that police believed Shallcross was not exceeding the speed limit of 60 mph at the time of the accident and that an awkward fall is the most likely cause of his severe injuries.
He said Shallcross would most likely have to take pain killers every day for the rest of his life.
Paul Galloway, chairman of magistrates, said: “This has been a painful process. Your life has changed for ever as a result of these injuries.
“I hope one day you can be rehabilitated and be able to drive once more.”