A drug driver who deliberately drove his BMW into a pensioner’s bungalow to kill himself after an attack on his girlfriend has been sentenced to prison.
Michael Vose, 40, got behind the wheel of his BMW after a vicious argument with his girlfriend in which he attempted to strangle her before punching a hole in the wall instead.
Mr Vose, who was well past the drinking limit, grabbed his car keys and said he would kill himself before speeding off into the night.
He drove over a mini roundabout before crashing through a fence and into a bungalow in Westhoughton, Bolton.
The car crashed through a wall and landed in the bedroom of 92-year-old Edna Kearns, who was left with serious injuries
The vehicle crashed into Ms Kearns’ bed, leaving her with two broken ankles and severe lacerations on her legs.
Edna, a former officer, was thrown from her bed after the collision and taken to the hospital.
She later died in hospital from an unrelated illness, having never returned home after the horror accident.
Vose ignored their calls for help after the accident and stumbled away from the rubble. He was eventually apprehended by police after walking down the middle of a dual carriageway with swollen hands and “significant” lacerations to his head.
Bolton Crown Court heard Vose, who previously earned £60,000 as a construction manager, got into his car after assaulting his former girlfriend.
Judge Martin Walsh sentenced him to four years in prison and told the defendant he made a “conscious decision” to break into the pensioner’s home.
He said: “It was a conscious decision to drive the vehicle aggressively while you were heavily intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine.
“Mrs Kearns died very sadly on April 8th, she never returned home.”
Prosecutor Alistair Reid told Bolton Crown Court how an argument broke out in the early hours of the morning when Vose woke his girlfriend after a night of drinking to accuse her of cheating on him.
During the argument, Vose grabbed her by the neck and strangled her in her own bedroom.
After freeing herself from his grasp, the woman managed to force him out of her bedroom and called the police for help.
Upon hearing the call, Vose got behind the wheel of his BMW X6 despite exceeding more than double the alcohol driving limit and nearly five times the cocaine driving limit, and said he was going to kill himself.
Judge Martin Walsh told the court: “You got into your BMW X6, extremely intoxicated, and drove the vehicle over a mini roundabout, through a fence and into a bungalow. They sped straight through the wall of the bungalow into the bedroom of 92-year-old Edna Kearns, and the vehicle collided with the victim’s bed.
“The house suffered significant material damage, as can be seen in the photos.
“They have walked away from the scene, firefighters are having to clear debris to free Edna Kearns from her bedroom and she was taken to Salford Royal Hospital where she was treated by the trauma team for fractures to both ankles and lacerations to her legs , and extensive trauma.’
In a victim impact statement before her death, Ms Kearns described the pain in her legs as “excruciating” and said the incident “changed her life forever”.
Elsewhere in the statement, Edna said she would “never be the same person again.”
Vose, who has nine prior convictions for 21 felonies, was sentenced to four years after pleading guilty to assaulting his girlfriend, criminally damaging her home, injuring her by dangerous driving and criminally damaging Edna’s home.
His previous charges included kidnapping and racketeering, two counts of driving without a license and one count of driving while drinking, and at the time of sentencing he was still serving a community order for racial offenses.
Mr. Reid said that Vose was really remorseful for what he did to Edna.
He said: “He doesn’t expect forgiveness from the family, but he wants to know that if he could turn back time, he would.”
Judge Walsh also banned Vose from driving for five years, including an additional two-year ban to include the time he is serving in prison.
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