A South West man whose reckless driving flipped a pregnant woman’s car, almost killing her, has been spared prison time due to a legal technicality. In March this year, Margaret River man Wade McConnell, 22, drove down Bussell Highway in such an emotional state from a break-up he began to drive erratically. He began to speed, and overtake on the wrong side of the road and off the road, forcing oncoming traffic to swerve to avoid him. Eventually McConnell, pictured, crashed into a pregnant 37-year-old driving with her three-year-old son, launching her car in the air, landing on its roof. While the woman and her son managed to escape the smoking car, both had injuries including cuts to the boy’s arms, bruising and a suspected broken rib for the woman, who was unable to be X-rayed due to her pregnancy. McConnell also refused to give a blood sample to either police or nurses at the hospital after the collision. The man appeared in Busselton Magistrates Court on Tuesday, flanked by friends and family, to plead guilty to charges of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, failing to provide a blood sample and driving an unlicensed vehicle. McConnell’s lawyer told the court his actions had been the result of his heartbreak over the break-up with his “first love” while conceding it was only blind luck his victim hadn’t died. After taking a 10-minute recess to determine the legalities of the case, Magistrate Michael Tyers said had it not been for a “quirk” in the law, he would have sentenced McConnell to prison. According to the Road Traffic Act, a person convicted of dangerous driving causing bodily harm cannot be sentenced to prison for less than six months and one day. “The way in which you drove was atrocious, selfish, it was unnecessary and it was extremely dangerous ... it’s a miracle no one was killed,” he said. “People go through heartbreak and you really need to get used to that because you may go through heartbreak again, it’s just the way things are. My instinctive reaction to this offending is it warrants prison. The difficulty I have is the law essentially says the maximum penalty is nine months imprisonment but I am required to discount the sentence purely for a plea of guilty ... by virtue of mathematics it’s my view that I would be in error at law to impose a term of prison.” Mr Tyers said it was only this section of law which saved McConnell from a prison term. Instead of prison, McConnell was given a 12-month intensive supervision order, fined $1400 and had his licence suspended for three years.