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Six years in jail for drink driver who killed 21-year-old in crash

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A man has today been jailed for six years for killing a driver in a head-on crash while he was more than twice the drink-drive limit.

Twenty-three-year-old Joseph Tame was driving a VW Passat on the wrong side of the road as he came round a bend in Staple Lane, Balderton, and collided with a Ford Focus being driven by 21-year-old Frank Martell. Mr Martell suffered serious injuries in the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene at 12am on Friday 14 April 2017.

Tame, of Harby, Melton Mowbray, had been to a pub in Plungar before the crash and initially told police in interview he had only had a lager top, but later admitted he’d had four or five pints. His blood alcohol level was 207mg per 100ml blood, when the legal limit is 80ml.

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Tame admitted causing death by dangerous driving at a previous hearing at Nottingham Crown Court. As well as the jail sentence he was banned from driving for eight years.

Detective Sergeant Adam Cooper, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Drink-driving is absolutely unacceptable in any circumstances and the consequences are horrific for all those left picking up the pieces.

“Sadly a young man has had his life cut short as a result of Tame’s completely reckless decision to get behind the wheel that evening and the family of Frank Martell have to live forever the heartache and devastation he caused.

“Frank Martell’s death was complete avoidable. People have a responsibility to not drink and drive and have to expect to face the consequences like Tame is now doing. I would encourage family and friends to challenge strongly those that do take the risk, reporting those that still choose to drive to the Police. There is never an excuse to put lives at risk.” 

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