THIS was the shocking moment a drunk driver plowed into a lorry at 84 mph with his son in the car after an EIGHT drunken meal.
Declan Webster, 32, has been jailed after crashing into a truck carrying his three-year-old son in the car after drinking in a pub.
Webster raced his brothers Robert and Michael Bower through the streets of Chesterfield, Derbys, with his partner and toddler in the car.
Heart-pounding footage shows his Toyota Corolla cruising along a road at breakneck speed before he crashes into the side of an HGV at a roundabout.
Incredibly, no one was injured in horror accidenthappened around 9:30 pm on 8/8/2020.
The drivers all fled the scene but were later arrested and charged with dangerous driving, to which they pleaded guilty at Derby Crown Court.
The court said the trio spent several hours in a garden drinking beer together before driving their high-powered cars to race each other.
Webster was jailed for 16 months on Wednesday, while Robert Bower, 33, was jailed for 14 months and Michael Bower, 28, was sentenced to 12 months.
Webster was also banned from the road for three years while both Bower brothers were stripped of their driving privileges for six months.
Sentencing judge Robert Egbuna told them: “I cannot think of a more dangerous act of driving than that.
“Fortunately, no one was killed.
“Mr Webster feels lucky to have his family and son alive.
“On that day at the Red Lion pub, CCTV showed a significant amount of alcohol was consumed.
“You leave that pub and all three are racing in powerful cars.”
Judge Egbuna said Webster’s Corolla came “out of nowhere” and “almost disintegrated” when it hit the side of the truck.
He added: “In that car is your three-year-old with its mother – how they survived is a miracle.
“What you do then with Bowers support is leave the scene.
“The purpose of leaving the scene is quite clear.
“You don’t want to be arrested because your alcohol level will be given to the court.”
Prosecutor Katrina Wilson said the trio had been at a pub for six hours before the crash – with Webster drinking seven pints, Robert Bower, six, and Michael four and a half years old.
CCTV footage captured the “drunk state” they were in at the Red Lion pub in Brimington, Derbys, minutes before the crash.
It shows Webster’s Toyota Corolla and Robert Bower’s white Range Rover colliding as the pair attempt to back up in the pub parking lot.
As the trio raced in convoy along Brimington North Road – which has a 30 mph limit – Webster’s speeds averaged 81 km/h.
Michael Bower was caught driving his Jaguar XE into the opposite direction at the time of the collision to avoid a collision.
Robert Bower’s Range Rover was seen rolling towards the roundabout as he climbed out to help his best friend Webster – forgetting to apply the handbrake.
When Webster stepped out of the car with his son and partner, he was said to have left the scene in one of the Bower brothers’ cars.
The court said Webster’s son was seen “bleeding from his nose and mouth” by one of the Bower brothers shortly after the collision.
The uninjured HGV driver can be seen on camera “dismayed” to see all three disappear – however police eventually tracked them down after viewing CCTV from the pub.
Representing herself, Webster, who appeared via video link from HMP Leicester, told the judge: “It was a very shocking eye-opening night for me two years ago.
“I’m so grateful that my family is still alive – I’ve lost my partner but I still have access to my son.
“I’m just grateful that I didn’t kill my family or anyone else – it was stupid, reckless and dangerous.”
PC Stu Smith, from Derbyshire Police’s Road Policy Unit, said after the incident: “It is fortunate that no one was seriously injured or killed in this incident.”
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