A drink-driver who ‘brutally’ killed a dad and his two kids as they went on a Father’s Day walk showed no remorse as their bodies lay on the road.

David Christopher Logan today appeared at Preston Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to three counts of causing death by dangerous driving, driving over the alcohol limit and criminal damage.

The 48-year-old was driving a convertible Peugeot 206 in Abbey Road, just outside Dalton-in-Furness, last June when he crashed into Josh Flynn, 37, and his children Coby-Jay, 15, and Skylar, 12, as they walked along the pavement.

The court heard Keith Mills and his partner Janet Sharp stopped at the scene after witnessing the crash at around 2.30pm on June 21.

They later told police they saw Mr Flynn and his two children ‘going up into the air’ as Logan’s vehicle crossed the road and crashed into a tree.

Prosecutor Emma Keogh said: “Mr Mills could smell alcohol on (Logan) and Janet Sharp thought he had been drinking by the was he was acting.”

Mr Mills said Logan was ‘intent on retrieving his mobile phone from within the vehicle’ despite the ‘scene of devastation’.

Members of the Flynn family sobbed in court as they heard details of the fatal collision.

Josh Flynn’s wife Emma provided a statement in which she said: “It’s not fair.

“It is too much for me to handle. I would give anything to have my old life back… My husband, my kids, my dog were brutally ripped away from me by the actions of David Logan.”

The court heard that Darren Byrne was one of the first to arrive at the scene with his wife Kelly.

Mr Byrne told police that Logan was ‘hellbent on getting back into his vehicle and was only interested in searching through his phone’.

Prosecutor Emma Keogh said: “Mr Byrne couldn’t believe it and said ‘do you know what you have done’ and the defendant didn’t even look over at the people he had hit or the dog that lay beside him.”

Mr Byrne later said he was ‘disgusted’ by Logan’s attitude and demeanour.

Miss Keogh said another witness, Gregory Taylor, said: “The driver was showing no remorse for what had just happened. Mr Taylor said he heard the defendant telling another witness to ‘fuck off’ when asked if he had been drinking.”

Logan, who worked at Tesco in Barrow, claimed at the time that he had only consumed two cans of lager and said: “Isn’t anyone allowed to have two tinnies after work in his mate’s garden?”

When police arrived at the scene Logan told them: “There is no way I am over the limit.”

The court heard ex-smoker Logan told police he had been suffering from coughing fits which caused blackouts and he had been advised not to drive. However he had failed to inform the DVLA of his condition.

After he was taken to Furness General Hospital and underwent an operation for his broken arm a blood sample was taken, and alcohol levels back-dated, which revealed he had 141 milligrams of alcohol in blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

Despite a police officer’s belief that Logan had likely been driving at around 50mph the prosecution accepted it could not be proved that he had exceeded the speed limit.

An examination of Logan’s car found no defects with the vehicle.

Tributes left at the scene of the crash in Dalton-in-Furness
Tributes left at the scene of the crash in Dalton-in-Furness

The court heard Logan had six previous convictions relating to dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol, failing to give a specimen on suspicion of drink-driving and driving whilst disqualified.

His most recent conviction was in February 2018 for drink-driving.

When Logan first appeared in court last July he entered not guilty pleas to all charges and was due to stand trial next week however he changed his pleas to guilty in February of this year.

Defence barrister James Heyworth said there is ‘no sentence which could ever make up for the loss suffered by the family’.

“This is the first day he has come face-to-face with the lives of those he has destroyed,” Mr Heyworth said.

“He has not had to confront the consequences in the way the family have, every hour of every day, since Father’s Day of last year.

“Had he not got in his car, in the condition he was in, Josh Flynn, Coby-Jay, Skylar and Troy would all still be alive and no sentence or amount of remorse is ever going to bring them back.”

Sentencing Logan to 10 years and 10 months in prison, the judge, The Honourable Nicholas Milliard, said the events of June 21 last year had been a ‘completely avoidable tragedy’.

“David Logan should not have been driving at all,” he said.

“His decision to do so cost Joshua, Coby-Jay and Skylar their lives and has robbed Emma Flynn of peace and happiness.

“No sentence I pass can put right what the defendant has done.

“The sentence I shall pass is not intended to measure the value of the lives lost. They are infinitely precious.”

David Logan, 48, of Broughton Road, Dalton, was jailed for more than 10 years
David Logan, 48, of Broughton Road, Dalton, was jailed for more than 10 years

The judge said Logan had repeatedly posed ‘great danger to others’ by driving when he knew he was at risk of blackouts and given his history of previous convictions for drink-driving.

“For many years the defendant has wilfully refused to abide by the road traffic laws that are there to keep us safe. He has proceeded as if the road traffic rules simply do not apply to him.”

Logan was also disqualified from driving for a total of 16 years and was told he will serve half of his sentence in prison and the remainder on licence. He must also pay a £170 victim surcharge.

Sergeant Jack Stabler said “I hope that today’s sentencing will provide some comfort for the Flynn family as I know this tragic incident has changed their lives forever. I would like to thank the Flynn family for the trust that they have placed in Cumbria Police and their patience throughout the last 10 months. This has been an incredibly difficult investigation for the family and officers involved and I would like to thank them all.

"I must also thank all emergency services who were the first responders to this collision and all the members of public who assisted with first aid and a wealth of enquiries.

"This is a clear and strong reminder to everyone who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle that it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of all road users and pedestrians around you.

"Please do not risk driving after consuming any amount of alcohol. Drink driving is a serious offence and this case clearly demonstrates that the consequences can be fatal.

"Our thoughts are with the Flynn Family & Cumbria Police will continue to support them through this difficult time."

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