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Drunk driver who did a u-turn on the M6 at Charnock Richard is jailed

Posted on - 24th November, 2020 - 12:34pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Leyland, Preston News, Roads, South Ribble News, Transport
Moses Khombe, jailed drunk driver. Pic: Lancashire police
Moses Khombe, jailed drunk driver and crash aftermath. Pic: Lancashire police

A drunk driver who crashed into another car while trying to do a U-turn on the M6 has been jailed.

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Moses Khombe, 41, of Lake View, Dunstable, appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Monday 23 November) where he was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

He was also handed a driving ban of four years and five months and was told he must take an extended test and pay costs to his victims.

This follows the crash which occurred on March 15th this year at around 10.30pm, on the northbound side of the motorway near Charnock Richard services, leaving three people with serious injuries.

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Khombe, who had spent the evening drinking at a friend’s house in Stoke-on-Trent, drove the wrong way while trying to get home to Bedfordshire.

He realised he was travelling north instead of south and attempted to do a U-turn across three lanes of traffic.

He narrowly missed several vehicles but collided with a Vauxhall Grandland which was travelling at around 70mph.

All four people in the Vauxhall suffered injuries, with three of them serious.

One of the passengers spent almost two months in hospital undergoing three operations while the other two suffered broken bones and bruising.

Khombe was uninjured.

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PC Jez Robbins, of Lancashire Police’s TacOps team, said: “Khombe decided to get behind the wheel knowing he would have been well over the drink-drive limit.

“Khombe’s actions were reckless, selfish and stupid and it is no exaggeration to say someone could have been killed that night.

“The legal limit is there for a reason and however well you believe you can drive under the influence, you are putting yourself and others in danger of serious harm.”

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Khombe’s blood was tested for alcohol following the collision and found to contain 203mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood when the legal limit is 80mgs of alcohol.

In court he pleaded guilty to three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving and drink-driving.

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