Driver caught on own dashcam drinking and texting before crashing into car with 3 children
A driver was captured in his own internal dash camera drinking from a bottle of champagne, rolling cigarettes and sending texts while driving at A65 near Ingleton, North Yorkshire and has been jailed for 16 months.
The driver, Mason Cowgill, who worked in a potato delivery firm was recorded rolling up cigarettes, texting and drinking alcohol, and steering the driving wheel as several vehicles were spotted in the footage in his opposite direction.
Prosecutor Kelly Sherif stated in the York Crown Court that Cowgill rammed a vehicle in which a family with three children were traveling North Yorkshire for a trip. None of the people inside the vehicle was injured but their car was so badly crushed that they returned home via public transport. The irresponsible driver was sending text messages and pictures while driving, looking away from the road. The internal dashcam footage shows Cowgill drinking Bollinger behind the wheel on the day he crashed into a car with three children inside.
At other times during his drive, he had both hands off the steering wheel while he rolled up a cigarette, again looking away from the road. Sherif stated that three weeks before the crash, Cowgill committed a crime in Harrogate on May 20 stealing Chablis and prosecco from Tesco and wine from the White Hart Hotel in Cold Bath Road. Oliver Connor, defending, said, “Cowgill had been going through a difficult time because of financial problems and a dispute with his father and was drinking. He had gone to Harrogate for a 'change of scenery' before embarking on a crime spree.”
“Since then, he had tackled his drink and drug issues, got himself a promise of a job and had been taking medication to deal with his depression and anxiety," Connor added.
Cowgill pleaded guilty to risky driving and two shop thefts and hotel burglary. Cowgill left the accident spot before police officers arrived, he also made multiple phone calls to friends at the wheel and almost caused another collision because of his irresponsible behavior.