Drug driver fac­ing jail for smash

MAN CAUSED CRASH WHICH LEFT WOMAN, 80, HURT

Sunday Sun - - News - By Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncj­me­dia.co.uk

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.

SI­MON GREENER

Jon Crowe leav­ing North Ty­ne­side Mag­is­trates’ Court in North Shields

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