Drink driver trapped kid under car wheels and ignored dad’s pleas to stop

A drink driver has been jailed for repeatedly running over a 10-year-old boy as his father pleaded for him to stop.

Keith Vernon, 76, was more than twice the legal limit when he rammed his Renault Twingo into the child who was out riding his bike.

Vernon trapped the schoolboy beneath the wheels breaking his collar bone, fractured vertebrae, a fractured pelvis, a dislocated hip and a burn covering the left side of his face.

The driver then fled the scene horror hit-and-run with the bike wedged in his wheels.

The child was riding with his dad and another adult when he was struck from behind by the black Renault, causing him to flip over his handlebars and onto the road, where the car continued to drive over him.

The boy's father from Pulborough, West Sussex, tried to warn Vernon that his son was trapped beneath the car, but he ignored him.

Vernon then reversed straight over him.

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Police say the boy's cycle helmet that was found bloodied and broken by the roadside, saved him from a very serious head injury.

Officers also claim the boy is still recovering from the incident, which took place at about 10.20 pm on October 6 last year.

The vehicle was tracked and found with the mangled bike still underneath.

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Vernon was breathalysed and found to have 77 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system, the legal limit being 35 micrograms.

He pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates' Court on 23 February and was released on conditional bail ahead of sentencing at Hove Crown Court.

He has now been jailed for two-and-a-half years and disqualified from driving for four-and-a-half years.

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