Saturday, 11 March 2017

Lorry Crash BMW Driver In Court On Cocaine Charge

A motorist accused of crashing head-on into a 7.5 ton lorry while four times the cocaine driving limit has appeared in court.

Duane Brown, 37, arrived in a wheelchair as he continues to recover from hip fractures and a serious injury to his left foot.

Brown, of 52 Haycroft Road, Surbiton is charged with driving his BMW with excess cocaine in his blood on September 17, last year in Leatherhead Road, Chessington.

He is also charged with driving dangerously and driving unfit through drugs at the same time.

Wimbledon Magistrates Court declined jurisdiction due to the seriousness of the case and Brown was bailed to appear at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court on April 5.

Prosecutor Mr. Simon Maughan said it was 8.30am when a witness driving behind Brown saw him on the wrong side of the road.

After colliding with the Champion Timber lorry Brown was transferred to St. George’s Hospital, Tooting via helicopter air ambulance.

He had broken both hips and his left ankle.

The road was closed eight-and-a-half hours after the collision and police found a small snap-bag containing a white powder, which tested positive for cocaine.

Traces of morphine and ketamine were also found in his bloodstream, but may have been for medical reasons.

Brown has previous convictions for driving while disqualified and without insurance. 

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