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Drink driver sentenced to 18 weeks in prison after seriously injuring 13-year-old

A drink-driver who collided with a 13 year old boy has been jailed for 18 weeks Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A drink-driver who collided with a 13 year old boy, leaving him seriously injured in a ditch, has been jailed for 18 weeks.

Daniel Harvey-Steans suffered a smashed leg, a broken eye-socket and nose, and had his back skinned in the crash which happened at Cosby in Leicestershire in September last year.

The teenager needed surgery after the crash and is due to have another operation on his leg later this month.

Daniel Harvey-Steans outside Leicester magistrates court following the sentencing of Alex Blackham Credit: ITV News Central

He will also need plastic surgery on his cheek and dental work when he is older.

Alex Blackham pleaded guilty to failing to stop at the scene, but had denied drink-driving and driving without due care and attention.

The court heard that on the day of the crash he was tracked down by police and breathalysed.

The test showed he had 55mg of alcohol per100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

After a 2-day hearing at Leicester magistrates last week Blackham from Littlethorpe, was found guilty of all charges.

After sentencing Blackham, the district judge at Leicester magistrates Tim Maber told him his actions were 'cold-hearted & cowardly.'