Drug driving

  1. ‘NO REGARD’ Mercedes driver high on cocaine and cannabis slammed into boy, 6, at 60mph and ‘didn’t care if he was alive or dead’: ‘A MERCEDES driver who slammed into a six-year-old boy while high on cocaine and cannabis “didn’t care if he was dead or alive,” a court heard. Harry Summersgill, 24, left Noah Herring with a bleed on the brain after smashing into him – and a bus stop – at 60mph.’ (Sun, 27th May 2021)
  2. Kristiyan Trendafilov from Tunbridge Wells jailed for death by dangerous driving after couple killed on A228: ‘A learner driver killed a loving couple after losing control of his car with alcohol and cannabis in his system.’ (Kent Online, 25th May 2021)
  3. Horror CCTV shows moment baby in a pram is pinned against the wall after drug driver, 29, lost control of his Audi at 40mph and smashed into 13 people – as he is jailed for three years: ‘Kamran Khan was high on cannabis driving a racy Audi RS6 when he collided with another car and crashed into a church building with dozens of people inside. A video clip shows the moment a person and a child walking with a pram were ploughed into by one of the vehicles and sent flying through the air.’ (Daily Mail, 13th May 2021)
  4. County Durham driver found with cannabis in system after travelling to take dog for walk: ‘A driver was found to be over the limit for cannabis after he travelled to take his dog for a walk. Members of the public rang the police after they smelled the class B drug coming from Stephen Drape’s parked car in County Durham.’ (Chronicle Live, 11th April 2021)
  5. Fire crew finds cannabis in drug driver’s car after he flipped it on North Shields road: (Chronicle Live, 4th April 2021)
  6. Teen tearaway who said he ‘wanted to change’ broke into homes just a month later: ‘Then aged just 16 he was spared jail, but last May during a scrambler bike chase he fist-bumped onlookers at 50mph. The yob sped along pavements and through parks, endangering the lives of children and adults, while high on cannabis.’ (Liverpool Echo, 22nd March 2021)
  7. Drug-fuelled speeding driver killed girl as she walked to school – and blamed her: ‘Driver Kevin Pryce, 45, had been driving at 57mph on a 30mph road when his car hit Mia Strothers, 14. Pryce tested positive for cocaine and cannabis, and had been driving a car with faulty brakes’. (Daily Star, 4th Jan. 2021)
  8. Wallsend driver found with cocaine in his system caught behind the wheel with young child in car: “The defendant admitted he was a drug user and had had some illegal drugs the previous evening. Officers did a roadside drug swipe, which gave a positive indication for cannabis, so he was arrested.” (Chronicle Live, 2nd Dec. 2020)
  9. Stoned drug dealer caught driving Audi argued cannabis ‘just a plant’: “Yep, I’ll be honest, there’s a fair bit in my car. I’ve been selling to my mates.” (Liverpool Echo, 20th Nov. 2020)
  10. Delivery driver who crashed into A55 barrier took cannabis to help him sleep: (North Wales Live, 29th Sep. 2020)
  11. Byker drug driver banned from the roads after being caught with cannabis and cocaine in his system: ‘The 30-year-old was “surprised” when a subsequent blood sample proved he was over the limit for both cannabis and cocaine as he’d taken the latter two days earlier and assumed it was out of his system, a court heard.’ (Chronicle Live, 12th July 2020)
  12. Cannabis smoker caught doing 50mph in a 30mph zone admitted ‘I shouldn’t be driving’: (Chronicle Live, 4th Jan. 2020)
  13. Driver on cannabis who left woman fearing she’d never walk again after smashing into her car sobs in the dock: ‘At Manchester Crown Court, a heartbreaking statement was read out as Ramos, 23, was jailed for three years and four months after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Tests showed he had 3.3mg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system. The drug driving limit is 2mg per litre. He was also flouting a road ban at the time of the incident.’ (Manchester Evening News, 23rd Dec. 2019)
  14. Cannabis driver ploughed Audi A5 into family car at 60mph leaving three injured after jumping red light: ‘A driver smoked cannabis, jumped a red light and careered at 58mph in a 30mph zone – before crashing in a collision which left three people injured. A trio of people were left injured as a result if mindless Manuel Bangoura’s actions before he ran off – leaving the 21-year-old’s victims stuck in their vehicle.’ (Birmingham Mail, 28th Sep 2019)
  15. Drug-driver Luke McErlean who was on school run killed ‘doting dad’ motorcyclist Dominic Bassett: ‘McErlean, a cannabis user since he was 15, had 3.5 micrograms of THC (the active chemical in cannabis) per litre of blood in his system. The legal limit is two micrograms.’ (Birmingham Mail, 29th July 2019)
  16. Stoned driver killed biker: ‘Luke McErlean, 35, admitted ploughing into Dominic Bassett, 41, on the Sidcup Road in Eltham. on October 9 this year. The victim was taken to Kings College Hospital in a critical condition but nothing could be done to save him.’ (Court News UK, 28th June 2019)
  17. Jail for the stoned driver who killed at 70mph (Court News UK, 22nd Feb. 2019)
  18. Slater Street hit and run driver was fleeing a drug “beef”: ‘Rose, 19, who had been smoking cannabis, ploughed into two young men who were innocently crossing the road with two friends in the early hours of Christmas Eve.’ (Liverpool Echo, 22nd Feb. 2019)
  19. M4 horror crash driver smoked cannabis before killing best friend at 110mph in Nissan car: ‘A man jailed for more than five years had an “appalling” record for motoring convictions before killing his friend. A court heard how Jason Ryan was driving back from a festival having smoked cannabis before hitting an articulated Iceland lorry.’ (Bristol Post, 18th Feb. 2019)
  20. Police officers’ son, 17, who was high on cannabis when he drove his parents’ Audi and killed two pedestrians is SPARED jail: ‘The seventeen year old son of two police officers walked free from court today despite hitting and killing two men while driving his parents’ powerful Audi when he was high on cannabis.’ (Daily Mail, 30th Jan. 2019)
  21. Hayes Shepiston Lane crash: Dangerous driver Jaynesh Chudasama has sentence for killing three teenagers REDUCED: ‘Jaynesh Chudasama was two-and-a-half times over the drink-drive limit and had been smoking cannabis earlier in the day when he lost control of his Audi A5 on Shepiston Lane on January 28.’ (My London, 22nd Dec. 2018)
  22. Mercedes driver who killed student while high on cannabis caged for six years: ‘James Wilson, 19, was also uninsured when he mowed down Charlie Heywood as he crossed the road on his way home from a party.’ (Daily Record, 21st Oct. 2018)
  23. Cannabis user was ‘driving like an idiot’ when he killed an outstanding young doctor in high speed smash: ‘A habitual cannabis user, who killed a “truly outstanding” young doctor when he ploughed into his motorcycle while overtaking at almost 90 miles per hour, has been jailed for seven years.’ (Daily Telegraph, 2nd Oct. 2018)
  24. Birmingham death crash driver lost control at 100mph, inquest told: ‘The driver of a high-powered car involved in a crash that left six people dead after losing control at 100mph had cannabis in his system, a coroner has heard.’ (Coventry Telegraph, 29th May 2018)
  25. Driver involved in 100mph crash that killed friend in Bootle given five years in Young Offenders Institute: ‘In December, Connerty [the defendant], who had been smoking cannabis before driving, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and appeared yesterday before Judge John Roberts to be sentenced.’ (Liverpool Echo, 8th May 2013)
  26. Life sentence for killer driver: ‘Thomas Kenny, 33, drank lager, smoked cannabis and took a heroin substitute on the night his car struck father-of-two Neil Pearson.’ (BBC News, 28th Nov. 2002)

And counting.