Father of two jailed for 28 months after A47 crash which injured baby and grandmother

The aftermath of the crash on the A47 in Peterborough in 2014.
The aftermath of the crash on the A47 in Peterborough in 2014.
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A drink driver who crashed into the back of a car on the A47 in Peterborough leaving a baby fighting for life in hospital has been jailed for more than two years.

Father of two Darius Putys had downed three quarters of a bottle of port before getting behind the wheel of his Mazda on 3 December 2014.

The 25-year-old, from Eastern Avenue, drove into the back of a Citroen, being driven by a 64-year-old grandmother, with her 14-month-old granddaughter also in the car.

Witnesses spoke of seeing Putys, who worked at the Tesco warehouse in Parnwell, driving erratically in the moments leading up to the crash, and also speeding.

The young girl suffered fractures to her pelvis and both legs, and was placed in an induced coma because of fears over the possibility of a brain injury.

She is no longer described as being in a life threatening condition.

The grandmother, suffered a fractured skull and contusions in the crash, and is now recovering at home.

At the roadside, Putys gave a reading of 99mg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath - nearly three times the legal limit of 35mg.

On Tuesday (13 January), Putys, of Eastern Avenue, Peterborough, was jailed for 28 months at Peterborough Crown Court, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Judge Peter Murphy, sentencing, said: “The facts are you were extremely intoxicated having drunk a large quantity of alcohol. You were in no condition to drive.”

The court was also told Putys had been given a 20 month driving ban and a fine after being caught drink driving in December 2010.

Roger Harrison, defending, said Putys was remorseful. He said: “He has expressed significant remorse and regret. He is in a position to pay compensation to the family.

“If it was felt appropriate he would welcome the chance to meet up to apologise face to face.”

Judge Murphy said it was not up to him to decide if Putys would be able to stay in the UK after his sentence. Putys was also banned from driving for four years.