A man has been jailed for three years after his “reckless actions” while drug and drink driving caused a crash that seriously injured a pregnant woman.
According to the prosecution, Dorset Police were called to the scene of an accident near Winterborne Whitechurch, which was holding the Teddy Rocks music festival on May 4 last year.
A van driver was turning off from the main road when a Ford Mondeo came up the track at very high speed, clipping the side of the van, before driving off.
A few moments later, that same Mondeo collided with an Alfa Romeo.
Witnesses said that the Mondeo, driven by the 34-year-old defendant, was swerving and travelling well over the 30mph speed limit before hitting the other car, which was travelling in the opposite direction.
The defendant continued to drive, out of control, for a further 90 metres before his vehicle left the carriageway and ended up in the field, fracturing his leg in the process.
The Alfa Romeo was being driven by a man in his 20s and his seven-month pregnant partner, who suffered a fractured wrist as well as complications in her pregnancy which led to her son being born 10 weeks later with arrested development weighing just four pounds, and they had to spend a further 5 days in hospital.
The Mondeo driver’s blood was tested while he was admitted to hospital, and the analysis revealed an alcohol level of 109mg per 100ml blood, where the legal drink driving limit is 80mg. His blood was also found to have Delta-9 THC, the active compound in cannabis, at a level of 5.6mcg per litre of blood where the legal drug driving limit is 2mcg per litre.
Police established that the defendant’s licence had expired and he was not insured to drive the vehicle involved.
Inspector Joe Pardey of the area’s traffic unit said following the sentencing: “The reckless actions of [the defendant] had a devastating impact on this young family at what should have been a very special time in their lives.
“While it is possible that their child is able to make a full recovery, the distress and anxiety caused during the final few weeks of the mother’s pregnancy and first few days of her son’s life will undoubtedly have a lasting impact.
“This case serves as another stark reminder of the shocking consequences that can arise if people choose to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and alcohol and we will do all we can to take action against those who choose to do so and put others’ lives at risk.”
The defendant pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drug driving, drink driving, failing to stop after an accident, driving without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
He was sentenced to three years in prison and banned from driving for seven years.
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