A COCAINE-fuelled driver left a mum-of-three with “life-changing” injuries in a crash while speeding to his birthday party.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Aktar Uddin, 34, fled the scene of the crash in Bingley Road, Saltaire, on March 3 this year before later handing himself into police.

Prosecutor Adam Walker told the court that Uddin had been driving a Mazda towards Cottingley at about 9pm in excess of the 30mph speed limit.

One driver described how he had been behind Uddin when he saw him try to overtake other vehicles, crossing onto the wrong side of the road around a pedestrian bollard.

The court heard that Uddin then ploughed “head-on” into a Mercedes-Benz being driven in the opposite direction.

Andrea Gorolova, a front-seat passenger in the Mercedes, bore the brunt of the impact, suffering a fractured right femur. She had to be cut free from the vehicle, which had also contained her partner and two young children, before being taken to hospital for treatment.

The court heard that Mrs Gorolova had undergone an operation to insert a plate in her leg, and had been told she would need to spend a minimum of six months on crutches.

In a victim impact statement she said: “This has had a significant impact on my life. I have three children and cannot care for them. I am in considerable pain on a daily basis. I have to take painkillers and have injections every day.”

When Uddin attended hospital to speak to police, he gave a blood sample which showed 200 microgrammes of cocaine per litre of blood, four times the legal limit of 50.

Uddin, of Barlow Street, Barkerend, Bradford, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

In mitigation, his barrister Assumpta O’Rourke, said he accepted he was “driving at speed with a clear disregard for other road users”.

The court heard that Uddin told police he was "rushing" as he was late for the party, saying to officers it was "either hit the bolllard or the car."

Miss O'Rourke said the father-of-three, who had worked in the restaurant trade, was a man of previous good character with a clean driving licence prior to the crash.

Sentencing him to two years in prison, Judge Neil Davey QC said Uddin had left Mrs Gorolova with “life-changing injuries.”

He said: “Your driving created a substantial risk of danger. You gave oncoming traffic no chance at all to avoid a head-on collision.

“A serious aggravating feature is that you had cocaine in your bloodstream well in advance of what is permitted by law.

“The sentence must be one of immediate custody, there is no grounds for suspending it.”

Uddin will be banned from driving for three years on his release from jail.