Shocking moment a drink driver, 44, in a BMW narrowly misses a father carrying his baby son on the pavement
- Badrul Khan, from Peterborough was one-and-a-half times over the alcohol limit
- He was driving in the wrong lane and then swerved across oncoming traffic
- He obliterated a telephone box on which a father and his young son were leaning
Badrul Khan, 44, from Peterborough, was found guilty of dangerous driving and driving while over the legal limit on Friday
A drunk motorist driving in the wrong lane almost ploughed into a father carrying his baby son when he swerved in front of oncoming traffic in Peterborough.
Shocking CCTV video shows the moment Badrul Khan mounts the curb and narrowly misses the pair, who are leaning on a telephone exchange box on the pavement.
Footage from two different angles shows Khan’s black BMW 320d careering across the road toward the father, who spots the vehicle just in time and sprints to safety with his son in his arms.
Seconds later, the car obliterates the box and hits comes to halt against a lamp post, exactly where they had been standing.
Khan, 44, had been driving on the wrong side of the road in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire at about 11am on June 19, when he tried to swerve back into the correct lane.
Trying to correct his mistake, he drove right over the left-hand lane and mounted the pavement.
The moment a drink driver narrowly misses a father carrying his baby (circled) on the side of the road in Peterborough
Khan had been driving in the wrong lane and swerved across oncoming traffic to correct the mistake
He then ploughed into a telephone exchange box against which a father and son had been leaning
Khan then ditched the vehicle and fled home, but was arrested around 40 minutes later.
Officers administered a breath test, during which Khan blew 52µg (microgrammes) per 100ml – one and a half times the legal alcohol limit of 35µg.
On Friday Khan, from Peterborough, was found guilty of dangerous driving and driving while over the legal limit after standing trial at Peterborough Crown Court.
He was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for more than three-and-a-half years.
PC Adrian Anderson said: ‘Thankfully, no one was hurt in this crash but it could have been a lot more serious for the pedestrians.
The father and son were leaning on a telephone exchange box on the pavement (left) when the man was forced to sprint out of the path of the oncoming vehicle (right)
Seconds later, Khan’s BMW mounted the curb and crashed through the telephone exchange box into a lamp post, coming to a halt exactly where the father and son had been standing
‘Khan told officers in interview he had been drinking mouthwash, which is why he failed the test.
‘He would have had to have consumed a lot of mouthwash to blow 52ugs.
‘Driving while under the influence is unacceptable and we will continue to do everything we can to make our roads safer.
‘We would ask people to help us by reporting anyone they believe drink drives so we can ensure they are dealt with.’