Drink-driver from Honiton jailed after crash caused friend’s death

A drink-driver from Honiton who caused the death of his friend after he crashed his van into a tree has been jailed at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Mark Andrew Green, aged 44, of Dumpdon View, Monkton, Honiton, was sentenced on Friday, January 24, 2020, after he admitting causing death by careless driving when over the legal drink-drive limit.

Green was jailed for two years and four months and handed a three-year driving ban, which will begin following his release from prison.

The court heard how Green had crashed his Peugeot Boxer panel van into a tree near the village of Middlemarsh at Tiley Knapp, Dorset, shortly before 6pm on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Green’s friend, 37-year-old Neil Adam Parsons, from Sherborne, a passenger in the van, was seriously injured and taken to hospital, where he died.

Dorset police at the crash scene breathalysed Green, who gave a positive indication for alcohol.

When a blood sample was taken three hours after the crash, Green was found to have 120 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood.

Inspector Joe Pardey, of the traffic unit, said: “Mark Green’s decision to get behind the wheel after drinking on Saturday 26 January 2019 has had truly awful consequences, resulting in the death of his friend and devastation for the family of Neil Parsons.

“Our thoughts remain with Neil’s family and I hope this case serves as a warning to others of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol.”

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Pictured is Neil Adam Parsons, from Sherborne, a passenger in the van, who died.

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