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Dangerous driver sentenced to prison after crashing into a Portslade park

News   •   Jan 10, 2019 15:48 GMT

A man who assaulted his partner and crashed his car to try and injure her has been sent to prison.

Christopher Delacy was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a three day trial at Brighton Crown Court.

At about 2.45pm on Wednesday, November 16, police were called to a collision on the westbound Old Shoreham Road, opposite the junction with Romany Close.

A blue Vauxhall Corsa had left the road and collided with a wooden fence post. It then continued down the grass bank towards Victoria Recreation Ground, where it collided with a tree.

The passenger, an 18-year-old woman from Lancing, and the driver, Delacy from Brighton Road, Lancing, were both injured.

A witness had seen Delacy driving along Old Shoreham Road from the lights at Hangleton Link swerving his car and was seen to overtake a bus. Delacy was seen grabbing the head of the passenger and pushing her forward towards the dash board. the car was seen swerving more until it then hit the kerb, through the concrete fence into Victoria Park down the embankment hitting a tree.

Delacy, now 29, was arrested two days later and claimed his car had a mechanical fault, which was found not to be true. In court, during the trial, Delacy claimed his passenger, his partner, had caused the collision during an argument and had pulled the steering wheel.

However the jury took two hours on Wednesday (January 9) to find him guilty of all offences. He was sentenced to two years in prison with a three year driving ban on Thursday (January 10). He will be required to take a re-test.

Detective Constable Tracey Dixon from the Safeguarding investigation unit - said: "Due to an argument and his physical actions towards the victim in the car Delacy drove deliberately and dangerously that day, swerving across the road in front of other vehicles and crashing the car. Not only did he injure both himself and his partner he was a risk to members of public in the area at that time who could have either been injured or killed by his actions.

"The judge said Delacy had lost his temper and it was fortunate no-one suffered life-threatening or life-changing injuries."