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Drink-driver jailed after crash leaves victims with serious injuries

A drink-driver who caused a head-on crash on a country road has been jailed.

Officers from Nottinghamshire Roads Policing Unit were alerted to an incident in Main Road, Ravenshead, around 6.15pm on 17 May 2023.

Reaching the scene soon after, the team found two cars had been involved in a collision, with debris scattered across the road and significant damage to both vehicles.

Roadside breath tests revealed one of the drivers, Richard Miller, was more than three times over the legal drink-drive limit.

Miller, who was driving his Ford Galaxy in the direction of Blidworth, immediately admitted he had misjudged a bend near the junction with Robin Hood Way.

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The Galaxy ended up on the wrong side of the road where it collided with a Ford Fiesta.

Two women were travelling in the Fiesta and had to be cut from the vehicle by firefighters before being taken to hospital.

One victim suffered broken ribs while the other woman was left with head and spinal injuries. Both continue to be impacted by the crash and the driver has not got behind the wheel of a car since.

Miller failed a roadside breath test, recording a sample of 110 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

The 55-year-old, of Springwood View Close, Sutton-in-Ashfield, was jailed for a total of 14 months when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday (17 April).

He had earlier pleaded guilty to drink-driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Detective Inspector Kate Savage, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“This case serves as a stark reminder that those who drink and drive are never in control of their vehicle and are selfishly putting the lives of other road users at risk.

“The two victims simply happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Both suffered nasty injuries which could have been much worse. The collision has had an ongoing impact on their lives.

“Nottinghamshire Police takes offences like this very seriously and we will continue to do everything in our power to take people like Miller off our roads.

“Our work is ongoing all year round to stop drink and drug-drivers before they have the chance to cause serious harm. We will keep the pressure up and continue our work to educate and enforce wherever we can.

“If we have reason to believe you are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs we will follow you, we will pull you over, and we will ensure you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

If you suspect someone could be driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, don’t take a chance, report it, either by calling the police on 101, or 999 if there is an immediate risk to life or property. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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