'Miracle' man not seriously injured when reckless driver's speeding car hit him

Callum Marshall admitted dangerous driving
-Credit: (Image: Humberside Police)

A reckless driver hurtled through an East Yorkshire town centre at "grossly excessive speed" before his car crashed into a parked vehicle, bounced across the road and hit a pedestrian, narrowly avoiding "catastrophic" injuries to the victim.

It was a "miracle" that the injuries were not more serious because the car "mercifully" struck the pedestrian only a "glancing blow" rather than anything worse.

The driver had a history of drink-driving and he was well over the alcohol limit – and had traces of cocaine in his system – before the horrific accident, Hull Crown Court heard.


Callum Marshall, 28, of Butt Lane, Snaith, west of Goole, admitted dangerous driving on July 28 last year.

David Hall, prosecuting, said that Marshall was driving a Peugeot 206 car at speed in Market Place, Snaith, at about 11.45pm when he crashed near a takeaway shop into a parked vehicle, causing serious damage.

Four or five people were standing on the pavement at the time, with parked vehicles both sides of them. There was sufficient space between them for one vehicle to pass through the middle of them.

Marshall's car bounced across the road and hit a man a glancing blow. He escaped being seriously injured but he was taken to hospital suffering some injuries, including bruises.

"The defendant ran off but was chased by members of the public and detained in a nearby cemetery," said Mr Hall. Marshall gave, at the third attempt, a roadside breath test of 112mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

He could not later provide a blood sample at the police station because of "genuine fear". He tested positive for cocaine.

Marshall had previous convictions for drink-driving in September 2015 and December 2018 as well as for for careless driving and failing to stop in March 2018.

Graham Parkin, mitigating, said that Marshall's behaviour had gone into a downward spiral and he had suffered problems. He had an alcohol problem that needed controlling.

"He has a problem but he is not a lost cause," said Mr Parkin. "The convictions that he has clearly show a problem with alcohol but he has had no treatment yet. He knows that he can't continue to self-medicate with alcohol."

Marshall had written a letter of apology, which had been given to the police. It was fortunate that the pedestrian had not suffered more extensive injuries than he did, said Mr Parkin.

Judge Alexander Menary said that Marshall drove at a "grossly excessive speed" and he caused the accident "in a flash" by his car colliding with a parked vehicle and bouncing across the road.

The car "mercifully" struck the pedestrian only a "glancing blow rather than anything more serious" – knocking the man to the ground. It was a "miracle" that the victim was not more seriously injured.

"You were found nearby in a cemetery hiding in a bush," said Judge Menary. Marshall's previous convictions for drink-driving showed that, in the past, he had been warned. "This was not the first warning shot across your bows," said Judge Menary.

"You must have been all too aware of the risks of driving while you were under the influence of alcohol. I would be failing in my public duty if I were to do anything other than impose an immediate custodial sentence here. Sufficient punishment can only be achieved by way of immediate custody."

Marshall was jailed for one year. He was banned from driving for four years and two months and he must pass an extended retest before he can drive legally again.