Driver who caused lorry to swerve and crash into Finedon house in court

The lorry shortly after the crash
The lorry shortly after the crash

A drink driver caused a lorry to swerve out of his way and crash through the front of a house into a living room, a court has heard.

Expectant father Sandeep Phull sped away from outside his family’s fish and chip shop in his BMW 3 Series, and almost immediately caused a lorry travelling in the opposite direction to swerve to avoid him, lose control and crash into a house.

The aftermath of the crash

The aftermath of the crash

Phull, 27, of Wellingborough Road, Finedon, was told he could face prison at Northampton Magistrates Court today (Thursday), where he admitted failing to provide a specimen and driving without due care and attention.

The court heard Phull had two previous convictions for driving with excess alcohol.

Phull’s wife, who is due to give birth any day, was in court to support him.

Anike Adelekan, prosecuting, told the court the incident happened on July 12 this year, when Phull got in his BMW 330 outside the Finedon Finest Fish and Chip Shop.

Witnesses described hearing spinning tyres and seeing the car speeding away from the area, immediately before encountering the lorry.

Phull was arrested at the scene, and in interview he claimed not to remember anything about the incident.

He also refused to give a sample of blood and gave no explanation for this, the court heard.

John Josephs, in mitigation, told the court the weather and the fact that the BMW was rear-wheel drive contributed to the incident.

The case was adjourned for reports to be prepared.

The next hearing will be on October 25 at Northampton Magistrates Court.