Twisted lies from Yorkshire drink driver who killed baby and woman in horror crash before saying ‘mistakes happen’

A drunk driver who killed a baby and her aunt has been jailed and footage of his police interview has been released.

Darryl Anderson, from Rotherham, was drink-driving his Audi Q5 when he collided with a Peugeot 308, killing eight-month-old Zackary Blades and 30-year-old Karlene Warner between Chester-le-Street and Durham on the A1(M) on Friday 31 May shortly after 3.15am. Zackary’s mother, Shalorna Warner, was driving the car and suffered minor injuries.

Anderson, 38, of Clarell Walk, has appeared at Durham Crown Court and pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

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Now, police have released audio of his interview with police, in which he claims someone else was driving the car.

He claimed he had come from Newcastle Airport and had picked up a hitchhiker who was flagging down cars. He then said he asked the hitchhiker to drive because he was exhausted.

Anderson later claimed he had fallen asleep and was awakened when his car crashed into the back of the Peugeot.

Investigators refuted this story and he pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. On the road he was given a breathalyzer test of 95 mg, well above the legal limit of 35 mg.