A MAN who crashed a high-powered car into a wall while his three-year-old son was on the back seat and he was high on cannabis has been jailed.
Daniel James Lickess, 29, narrowly avoided crashing into another road user in a 20mph zone in Rastrick Common, Brighouse, before crashing head on into a wall on June 3, 2018.
His son, one of three passengers in the car, had not been in a child car seat and was described as “floppy and barely conscious” after the crash, and was taken to hospital by his mother bleeding from his ears, with his body covered in bruises.
Lickess fled the scene after crashing the blue Subaru Impreza, which belonged to his mother, to “let his dogs out and have a bath”, Bradford Crown Court was told.
A woman, who narrowly avoided being hit by the Subaru, said she “thought she was going to die” if the car, which was travelling at speed, had hit her, and it was completely out of control.
Police forced entry to Lickess’ house in Deer Croft Crescent, Huddersfield, later that day, where he said he had been “stupid” and admitted not having a full driving licence.
Officers carried out a drugs wipe, which tested positive for cannabis, and a later blood test confirmed.
Lickess was later disqualified from driving in September for six months, for a speeding offence from 2017, and on January 9, 2019, was stopped in Elland driving a Vauxhall Insignia which he owned.
Officers said Lickess smelled strongly of cannabis and he was drugs tested, and was more than three times the legal limit.
In mitigation, Abigail Langford said Lickess had pleaded guilty to all charges bar dangerous driving, of which he was found guilty following a trial at magistrates’ court.
She said he uses cannabis to “abate physical symptoms such as an inability to control his limbs”.
“The actions are extremely reckless,” she said, and accepted prison sentence was “almost inevitable”.
In sentencing, Judge Jonathan Rose said: “I cannot imagine there is a single loving parent in the world who would consider taking a three-year-old child out in a Subaru Impreza who had no licence, no insurance, and was under the influence of cannabis.
“It is irresponsible, exceptionally dangerous and without a single element of thought for the child.
“You are not a young man anymore, you are 29 with responsibility for a little boy, a responsibility you have completely abandoned.
“You were not concentrating on driving, you were concentrating on showing off for your friends.
“You were driving with a reckless disregard for your own safety, that of your son and other passengers, and other road users because you were showing off in a powerful car.
“It is a miracle your son was not killed.”
Lickess was jailed for 22 months, and banned from driving for three years from the end of his sentence.