A MOTORIST who killed his friend while he was more than twice the drink-drive limit has been jailed for five years.
Thomas Edgar (27), of Fern Court, Sunnyside, killed Jason Maxfield (31), who was a front seat passenger in his Volkswagen Polo, when he crashed on Bawtry Road, Brecks, at about 10.50pm on December 21, 2019.
Edgar told officers he had drunk “six or seven” cans of beer before he gave his friend a lift, Sheffield Crown Court heard today (Friday).
His VW Polo careered through the central reservation and flipped over, landing on the opposite carriageway.
Mr Maxfield was taken to Rotherham Hospital where he died of his injuries.
Edgar, who admitted to causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol at a previous hearing, had 72 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
The legal limit is 35 micrograms.
Judge Jeremy Richardson jailed Edgar for five years and banned him from driving for six-and-a-half years.
He said: “The reason [Mr Maxfield] was killed was because of your criminal conduct.
“The reason you drove carelessly and lost control was because you had consumed too much to drink.
“If ever there was a case that demonstrated the horror of drinking and driving, this case is it.
“I accept you will have to live with this for the remainder of your life.”
Members of Mr Maxfield’s family, who were present in court, spoke of their devastation in statements which were read to the court.
His mother Jenny said: “To lose a loved one is heartbreaking, but when a loved one is your child, it’s horrendous.
“Too many lives are lost or changed by drink-drivers.”