Drug driver facing jail for smash
MAN CAUSED CRASH WHICH LEFT WOMAN, 80, HURT
DRUGGED and dangerous behind the wheel, Jon Crowe left an 80-year-old woman seriously injured by smashing into her car.
The 26-year-old – who is facing the prospect of Christmas behind bars – lost control of a VW Golf and crashed into the pensioner’s Vauxhall in Prudhoe, Northumberland.
He then fled the scene on foot while the elderly lady lay trapped and badly hurt in her car. She was later found to have four broken ribs, bleeding on the skull and a broken finger, a court heard.
Now Crowe has been warned he faces prison after pleading guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving with a controlled drug above the prescribed limit and failing to stop after an accident – all in relation to the same incident on May 12.
Judge Tim Gittins, at Newcastle Crown Court, told him: “Obviously you have pleaded guilty to a very serious matter and the likelihood is an immediate custodial sentence but ultimately that will be determined by the judge on the next occasion.
“That may not be me so I cannot give you any promises about what the sentence may be but you should prepare yourself for custody.
“But in the meantime you can have bail. I direct the preparation of a pre-sentence report and it’s in your interests to co-operate with that report”
Crowe, of Cheviot View, Prudhoe, was given an interim driving ban and the full length of the disqualification will be determined when he is sentenced on December 19. Jonathan Devlin, mitigating, said Crowe had no similar previous convictions. He added: “The sentence is likely to be inevitable.”
We reported previously how Crowe was alleged to have been travelling at excessive speed and under the influence of drugs when he crashed into the pensioner’s car on Station Road, in Prudhoe, Northumberland.
Jon Crowe leaving North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in North Shields