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Drink-driver jailed for A66 horror crash

Carlisle Crown Court Photo: ITV Border

A drink-driver who caused a head-on A66 crash which "ruined" a couple's lives has been jailed for three years.

Jerry Bouma, 44, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today. He had previously admitted causing serious injury to Terry Haram by dangerous driving, and driving with excess alcohol.

The charges follow a crash between Penrith and Appleby, just before 11am on 24 October. Van driver Bouma overtook on a single carriageway stretch at Whinfell Forest, ploughing into an oncoming Nissan Qashqai.

The Nissan occupants were a couple from South Shields. One was Mr Haram, a retired man who "broke many if not most of the bones in his body".

The court heard Mr Haram underwent surgery, suffering "life-changing injuries" and remains in hospital having been transported, along with his wife, after the crash. Mrs Haram, who also suffered fractures, later told police: "The driver has completely ruined Terry's life and our lives."

Jerry Bouma Credit: Cumbria Police

Bouma, from the Netherlands, was said to have drunk wine and vodka the previous evening to help him sleep on a ferry journey to the UK. He also had a previous excess alcohol conviction in his native country.

Sending Bouma to prison - and imposing a four-year driving ban - Judge Peter Davies said the combination of his dangerous and drink driving on the A66 had been "catastrophic".