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Vic ice driver loses bid to cut jail time

AAP logoAAP 22/08/2016 By Genevieve Gannon

A Victorian driver who was drunk and on ice when the car he was driving plunged six metres into the side of a brick wall, seriously injuring his three passengers, has lost a bid to reduce his sentence.

Gordon Frank Bell was 23 when the car became airborne after he sped from a Geelong nightclub and crashed through a metal barrier.

The crash left one of his friends with a brain injury.

Bell had alcohol, methylamphetamine and the anxiety drug alprazolam in his system when he got behind the wheel of the Holden in mid-December 2012 while suspended from driving.

He had been at the Eureka nightclub with friends Mitchell Cassidy, Jack Parnell and Jacob McDonald before the four men got into Mr Cassidy's mother's car and Bell drove it over a railway cutting.

Mr Cassidy sustained fractures, a punctured lung and an acquired brain injury.

In a victim impact statement, his mother said he had become a withdrawn person as a result of the crash and was no longer able to pursue his career.

Mr Parnell and Mr McDonald also suffered serious injuries.

Bell initially told police he wasn't driving the car, but later pleaded guilty to three counts of dangerous driving causing serious injury.

In sentencing Bell, the judge said he was remorseful and had used his time since the crash productively, but the seriousness of the offence meant a custodial sentence was necessary.

Bell was ordered to serve 22-months in prison followed by a five-year corrections order.

He appealed the sentence on the grounds it was manifestly excessive but on Monday the Court of Appeal denied his application.

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