Man imprisoned for causing serious injury by dangerous driving
David Hamblen, aged 37, was sentenced to 16 months' imprisonment at Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday (12 November 2020). He had pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving when he had a head-on collision with another vehicle.
Hamblen, from Bournemouth, had consumed alcohol and taken cocaine during the evening of Saturday 23 November 2019. He drove his Honda Civic along West Way but due to the excessive speed he was travelling at he could not safely negotiate a bend in the road. His vehicle collided with a central pedestrian island and then crossed the carriageway into the path of the oncoming vehicle. The force of the impact propelled both vehicles off the carriageway and on to the grass verge.
The three occupants in the vehicle which was struck by Hamblen’s car sustained serious injuries needing hospital treatment.
As well as receiving a substantial prison sentence, Hamblen has also been disqualified from driving for two years and eight months and must take a re-test at the end of this period. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.
Karen Fairley, CPS Wessex Senior Crown Prosecutor, said “David Hamblen showed appalling disregard for the safety of others when he chose to consume excess alcohol and take cocaine before driving on the night in question.
“We pay tribute to our Dorset Police colleagues who made sure that we had all of the evidence available to us, including CCTV evidence which demonstrated the manner of his driving and captured the collision.
“We hope that that the outcome of the prosecution will deliver some justice for the victims in this case.”