Drink driver jailed after injuring man in crash - Sandy

22/08/2016

A driver, who drove down the A1 after drinking and smoking, crashed into another car, smashing the driver's pelvis.

Darren Lankshear, aged 33, was today, Monday, 22 August 2016, jailed for 2 years and banned for driving for 4 years after the crash, which put the victim in hospital for 5 days and left him on crutches for 4-6 weeks.

Sandra Beck, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), told Luton Crown Court that at 10.30 at night on Sunday, 29 November last year, the police spotted a 51 plate Astra being driven erratically and at speed on the southbound carriageway of the A1 near Sandy. The police put on their blue lights and siren and chased after Lankshear, who refused to stop. He swerved and crashed the car into the side of the victim's Mondeo as he was waiting to join the A1 from New Road. The victim was trapped in the car and had to be freed by firefighters.

Lankshear was arrested and told the police he was "steaming" after drinking and had had "a bit of weed." He claimed he had been made to drive the car by two others.

Lankshear, of Angle Green, Shefford, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He also admitted driving with no insurance. He had 11 convictions for 21 offences.

Judge Michael Kay QC told him: "You should have stopped for the police and this wouldn't have happened."

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