by Ashlie McAnally
A DRINK driver is facing jail after he put his girlfriend in hospital when he lost control speeding and crashed his car.
Steven Carlin’s Alfa Romeo hit the kerb and spun round, smacking into another car, which was also damaged.
The boozed-up 34-year-old and his then girlfriend, aged 26, had to be rescued by the fire brigade at Great Western Road.
She suffered a host of injuries including multiple rib fractures, collapsed lungs and a cut liver and kidney and was in hospital for more than a month.
Carlin, from Towerhill Road, Knightswood, pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to causing serious injury to his girlfriend on March 17, 2015 by driving dangerously at excessive speed and under the influence of alcohol.
He also admitted having no MOT certificate on the car and no insurance policy in place.
The court heard Carlin was driving the car around 1am on the day of the incident.
Procurator fiscal depute Harry Findlay said: “The accused was driving at a speed in excess of the speed limit, he lost control such that the passenger side wheel collided with the kerb.
“The vehicle spun round and collided with a black Skoda car, then the vehicle came to rest.”
People from nearby houses who saw the incident contacted the emergency services.
Mr Findlay added: “Both the accused and passenger required to be removed by the fire brigade.”
They both went to hospital, with Carlin himself suffering a fractured pelvis and ribs.
His girlfriend also suffered a number of injuries and was in hospital until April 20.
Defence lawyer Tony Callahan said the woman made a “remarkable” recovery and, although they aren’t together anymore, are still on good terms.
He told the court his client wasn’t aware his MOT had lapsed and that as a consequence his insurance wasn’t valid.
Sheriff Johanna Johnston QC deferred sentence until next month and continued Carlin’s bail.
She said: “To cause injury to because you’re drunk and driving is something that the court has to take extremely seriously.
“You know that I will have to look at all sentencing options, and one option, the most serious is one of custody.”