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“Game of chicken” leaves man hospitalised for ten days
Wednesday 4th January 2017 @ 16:33 by Lee Wild
News Stalybridge

A young mum from Stalybridge has escaped jail after playing ‘a game of chicken’ in a ‘borrowed’ car with a former partner.

Katie Lomas, 20, of Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, swerved at the last minute to avoid Dean Heaney, 24, at around 4am on January 30 last year, on Demesne Drive in Stalybridge.

Demesne Drive, Stalybridge, Where the incident took place

When arrested Mrs Lomas was found to be over the drink-drive limit and had no driving licence, despite driving the car which belonged to a friend’s relative.

Mr Heaney, who has a child with Ms Lomas, was holding a wooden pole and was ‘jousting’ with the speeding car and attempted to avoid the oncoming car at the last moment.

However, the car swerved in the same direction and he was left with complex skull fractures, a punctured lung and knee ligament damage and had to spend ten days in hospital following the incident.

Lomas pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving whilst over the alcohol limit and driving without insurance at Minshull Street Crown Court on Tuesday 3 January.

She was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to attend courses with the probation service.

Samantha Presland, Judge Recorder, called the incident “a moment of madness” and said both Lomas and Heaney had shown “Reckless Stupidity.”

According to evidence heard in court the couple had split up a month earlier before going out in Stalybridge in separate groups.

After both ended the evening finding themselves in the same nightclub both Lomas and Heaney then left the club in a car with friends, before it was stopped on Demesne Drive, where the occupants, including Mr Heaney, got out of the vehicle and confronted four men in the road.

The court heard Lomas then got into the driving seat and drove away at speed, before returning to the scene and driving at Mr Heaney.

She swerved in front of Mr Heaney, who had jumped to avoid the car but still managed to be hit by it.