Drunk driver jailed for accident which caused the death of his friend

Drunk driver jailed for accident which caused the death of his friend

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:44am 6th February 2020.

A drunk driver involved in a fatal collision near Sherborne has been jailed.

44-year-old Mark Andrew Green, of Dumpdon View, Monkton, Honiton, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 24 January 2020.

He admitted causing death by careless driving when over the prescribed limit.

He was sentenced to two years and four months in prison and given a three-year driving ban, which will begin following his release from prison.

tiley knap
Tiley Knap

'His van hit a tree'

The crash happened at around 5.50pm on Saturday 26 January 2019 near the village of Middlemarsh at Tiley Knap.

Green was driving a Peugeot Boxer panel van single vehicle which left the carriageway and collided with a tree.

Green’s passenger, his friend 37-year-old Neil Adam Parsons from Sherborne, sustained serious injuries in the collision and was taken to hospital for treatment but sadly later died from his injuries.

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'Breath test' 

Officers attended and Green was asked to give a roadside breath test which gave a positive indication for alcohol.

A blood sample taken nearly three hours after the collision was found to contain 120 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

The legal limit is 80 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood.

Inspector Joe Pardey, of the traffic unit, said:

“Mark Green’s decision to get behind the wheel after drinking on Saturday 26 January 2019 has had truly awful consequences, resulting in the death of his friend and devastation for the family of Neil Parsons.

“Our thoughts remain with Neil’s family and I hope this case serves as a warning to others of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol.”