Havant man who left his date unconscious in car after crash jailed for two years

Bradley Van Outen. Credit: Dorset Police
Bradley Van Outen. Credit: Dorset Police
  • Bradley Van Outen jailed for two years after crashing car into a tree, leaving date seriously injured
  • Carrie-Anne Knox suffered serious arm and head injuries in the collision
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A Havant man has been jailed for two years after crashing his car into a tree and leaving his date seriously injured.

Bradley Van Outen, 30, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday after the incident on June 25 last year.

Carrie-Anne Knox, 26, was left unconscious and suffered a broken arm after Van Outen ploughed his BMW convertible into a tree.

The Bournemouth Echo reported that the pair had been on a first date, and Van Outen had been trying to impress the mother of two by speeding and performing doughnuts on the road.

Dorset Police said Van Outen fled the scene shortly after the crash and did not report it, while Carrie-Anne suffered serious injuries to her arm and head.

He admitted being disqualified from driving when the offence took place.

Carrie-Anne was sitting in the passenger seat when the incident happened.

The Echo reported that the hairdresser is still recovering from her injuries eight months later, and lost her job as her boss could not keep her role open for her.

She needed a four-and-a-half-hour operation to insert metal plates into her arm, and 28 staples to seal the wound.

Van Outen admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident, driving without insurance and failing to give information relating to the identification of a driver.

He was sentenced to two years in prison and a four-year driving ban.