Ipswich Crown Court has heard how a man left a woman with “life-changing injuries” after crashing into two cars while under the influence of a cocktail of drugs taken over the previous few days.
Daniel Peters, 29, was described as “wasted” following several days of partying before the three-car collision on 30 December 2016.
Joe Bird, prosecuting, described how Peters was seen drifting in and out of his lane in Dereham on his journey from Norwich before doing it again some 35 miles later, colliding with a Ford Mondeo. Following that collision, Peters’ Audi ploughed head-on into the car of a married couple.
Alison Allen and her husband had to be cut free from their car, and she was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Mr Bird went on to tell that Mrs Allen now had to walk with the aid of a stick and was having on-going treatment for her injuries. Her husband and the other driver were also injured.
Blood tests following the crash revealed that Peters had traces of benzoylecgonine (BZE – a metabolised form of cocaine) and ketamine in his system at levels over the limit, in addition to traces of cannabis and ecstasy.
Peters was also convicted of being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle with excess alcohol in 2007, and drink-driving six weeks thereafter.
He pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with excess drugs in his system.
Steven Dyble, representing Peters, said his client was “wasted” after five days of drinking and taking drugs from Christmas Eve until two days before the accident. He added that Peters suffered from depression and had been self-medicating.
“The guilt he feels as a result of what happened has had a drastic effect on him,” said Mr Dyble, continuing to say that the crash had been a “wake-up call” and that Peters no longer used drugs. He added that Peters had also missed the opportunity of a job in Australia as a result.
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