When it comes to what makes a dangerous driver, there are few things more irresponsible than those who get behind the wheel after a few drinks.

An average of 666 people are killed and a further 3,551 seriously injured each year on UK roads because of drink driving, according to official statistics.

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But the reckless and selfish actions of drunk drivers in Hull and East Yorkshire have resulted in many lives being cut short, and many more being seriously hurt.

These are some of the worst drunk drivers to have been before Hull's courts.

Nigel Norton

Selfish Nigel Norton had been drinking at a golf club when he decided to get in his Mercedes, reaching speeds of over 100mph before overtaking another vehicle on a road in Gilberdyke in May 2019.

His dangerous manoeuvre caused him to smash head on into - and kill - Louis Hornsby, who was driving in his Vauxhall Corsa at the time.

The popular 21-year-old victim died at the scene, as Norton fled on foot leaving his wife and teenage daughter in the passenger seat in the ultimate act of cowardice.

Norton, 47, from Gilberdyke, was jailed for six years at Hull Crown Court in July this year, and received a seven-year driving ban.

Steven Sunman

Hull dad Steven Sunman necked two bottles of Jack Daniels before leading Humberside Police on a 90mph car chase across the city in October last year.

Thankfully nobody was injured in the terrifying pursuit, which Sunman carried out after stealing a Vauxhall Vectra while burgling a house in Inglemire.

Sunman was clocked reaching speeds of up to 95mph in the chase, which ended when the Vectra's engine began to fail and he crashed into railings on Holderness Road.

Steven Sunman has now been jailed
Steven Sunman has now been jailed

Jamie Sullivan

Jamie Sullivan downed three pints before driving home and causing a crash which threw a motorcyclist 20 feet in the air, leaving him with life-changing injuries.

The Cleethorpes man hit the biker on Howlett Road in Grimsby on May 5 last year after trying to overtake another car he had been tailgating.

The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and hit the pavement, before waking up a week later in Hull Royal Infirmary. Hull Crown Court later heard the victim needed 12 weeks rehabilitation and would never fully recover from his injuries.

Sullivan was jailed for three years and two months at Grimsby Crown Court in October last year over the crash, and was banned from driving for three years.

Jamie Sullivan
Jamie Sullivan

Ismail Suuna

Arrested after driving on the M62's eastbound carriageway at speeds up to 100mph, Ismail Suuna was spotted driving "erratically" and swerving across the carriageway before inexplicably decelerating to 50mph.

Suuna, from Bradford, was later found to be three times over the drink drive limit when breathalysed.

Hull Crown Court heard the 38-year-old was an "intelligent" man with two degrees and a master's - although failed to apply any intelligence when getting behind the wheel on this occasion.

He was sentenced to eight months in prison, after which he will be disqualified from driving for a further five years and four months.

Drink drivers make our roads a dangerous place
Drink drivers make our roads a dangerous place

Owen Finn

Disgraced businessman Owen Finn left teenager Kiernan Roberts for dead when he crashed into him while twice over the limit in 2016, before fleeing the scene.

The then 16-year-old needed three life-saving operations for his injuries from the crash, which happened while he was cycling home from his part-time restaurant job in South Cave in October 2016.

Cowardly Finn, a former President of Hull Chamber of Commerce, tried to hide by changing his clothes and driving 130 miles away to Birmingham where his mother lived, before he was turned in by his ex-wife.

Even Finn's barrister said he had behaved with "cowardice" in the crash, which resulted in him being jailed for three years in 2017, and banned from driving for 11-and-a-half years.

Owen Finn has been jailed for three years

Ryan Laing

When police officers signalled for Ryan Laing to pull over after spotting him driving in Bridlington without lights on in October last year, they had no idea the horrific events that would follow.

More than twice over-the-limit Laing came to a stop and opened his door, before then speeding off towards the town's promenade.

Laing then careered through junctions at 55mph in a 30 zone before hitting another driver.

After smashing into a police car trying to stop him, he then reversed off, before dragging a police officer along the road who had put his arm through the driver side window to prevent his escape. The officer, luckily, was not seriously hurt.

Laing, 22, of St Hilda Street, Bridlington, was jailed in February for 15 months and disqualified from driving for five years.

Ryan Laing has been jailed

James Gardiner

A casual trip to the shops ended in a criminal record for Hull dad-of-four James Gardiner, after he irresponsibly got behind the wheel after a couple of drinks.

Gardiner was spotted speeding along a road in a Ford Galaxy people carrier by officers resulting in a Fast and Furious-style chase, before he managed to drive onto a football field at Ings Road and jumped out of the vehicle.

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The Galaxy meanwhile continued to plough along the fields before crashing into a fence.

Despite not being over the drink drive limit, Gardiner admitted to having drunk two beers before getting in the car, and was later sentenced to a 12-month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work for dangerous driving and possession of cocaine.

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