A man who drove his van into his partner while drunk has been jailed.
Ben Payne, 43, collided with her in Leicester Road, Loughborough on the night of Friday 1 October after an argument.
On Tuesday (14 December), at Leicester Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving, one count of drink-driving, two counts of causing criminal damage and one count of driving without insurance.
He was sentenced to two years and nine months' imprisonment.
Payne, of formerly of Cumbrian Way in Shepshed, was also given a four-and-a-half-year driving ban.
The argument had taken place in a nearby car park and upon leaving, Payne’s van struck a car owned by a member of the public as well as a barrier. Following the collision – which occurred at around 9.30pm – police were deployed and arrived within minutes, locating Payne at the scene and arrested him immediately.
In custody, one specimen of breath provided showed he was twice the drink-drive limit.
Detective Constable Paul Bonsell was the officer in the case. He said: “I am pleased that Payne admitted his crimes, meaning that the victim did not have to re-live her ordeal during a trial.
“I hope she can take some relief from the fact he is now serving a term of imprisonment where he will hopefully reflect on his actions, the impact it has had on her and the consequences he now has to live with.”