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A man from Aylesbury who crashed his car while under the influence of drugs, killing his passenger, has been jailed for five years.

Officers arrived at the scene on 29 August 2016 where Omah Shah had crashed his Mercedes into a tree. He claimed that another person had been driving the vehicle and fled the scene immediately after, triggering a thorough search of the area involving significant police resources.

CCTV footage and significant forensic enquires later proved, however, that Shah had indeed been driving at the time of the accident.

Blood samples showed that Shah had been over the prescribed limit for BZE (benzoylecgonine – the metabolised form of cocaine), cocaine, and cannabis.

He was sentenced to five years in prison and banned from driving for seven and a half years.

PC Victoria Jones of the Thames Valley Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, and lead investigating officer on the case, said:

“I am pleased with that Shah has been convicted and sentenced.

“Omar Shah has made this an unnecessarily protracted investigation and only at the last moment admitted what he had done.

“He made the decision to get behind the wheel that night knowing he had consumed a large quantity of drugs.

“He showed a blatant and reckless disregard for the law, the safety of his passengers and other road users

“My thoughts remain with the family of the victim who are still trying to come to terms with the loss of their son.

“We are committed to reducing the deadly impact that drink and drug driving have, and I hope that the tragic loss of life, in this case, may stop others from getting behind the wheel whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.”

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