A SERIAL drink driver who ploughed into a car carrying a heavily pregnant woman putting her unborn baby at risk has been jailed.

Christopher McCall, 34, got behind the wheel of his Ford Mondeo after a day drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis at a music festival in Blandford, Dorset.

He drove into the side of a van at a junction but failed to stop and sped away at ‘ridiculous’ speed.

McCall was doing 60mph when he arrived in the village in Winterborne Whitechurch, which has a 30mph limit, moments later. He lost control of his vehicle and careered into the path of an Alfa Romeo travelling in the opposite direction.

Its driver Adam Feltham, whose passenger was his 28 week pregnant partner Lucy Hann, escaped with cuts and bruises and Miss Hann suffered a fractured left wrist.

She was rushed to hospital and had to wait to see if their unborn baby had survived the collision. He was born two months later but Miss Hann was left traumatised by her ordeal.

McCall’s car flipped over and landed on its side in a field, bursting into flames. He was thrown from the vehicle and knocked unconscious.

Following the crash, McCall was found to be three times over the drug drive limit and significantly over the alcohol limit. He admitted drink driving, drug driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance and driving without a licence at Bournemouth Crown Court, was jailed for three years and disqualified from driving for seven years.

Charles Gabb, prosecuting, said that crash happened at about 6.50pm on May 4 last year.

Mr Gabb said: “McCall had been consuming cannabis and drinking alcohol at the Teddy Rocks festival.

“Witnesses describe him as driving at ridiculous speed before he lost control and hit Mr Feltham’s car which was travelling in the other direction.

“It was absolutely pandemonium as blood poured from Mr Feltham’s head, and Miss Hand fractured her wrist. They were taken to hospital, as was the defendant, but they were devastated about maybe having lost their unborn baby.”

A victim impact statement from Miss Hand was read out in court in which she described the weeks following the crash as the ‘worst of her life’.

She said: “His decision to enter a car after drinking and taking drugs made the last 10 weeks of my labour traumatic. I was an emotional wreck, fearing I had lost my baby.”

Mitigating, Jamie Porter said the defendant was ‘genuinely remorseful’ for his actions.

He said: “He is genuinely remorseful and accepts the woman must have faced immeasurable psychological trauma until the baby was checked. He is mortified at what he did.”

The court heard McCall, of Bolton Road, Chorley, Lancs, had previous convictions for drink driving in 2005 and 2007, as well as more recent unrelated convictions.