Monday, 24 April 2017

Dangerous Driver Admits He Was Four Times Cocaine Limit

Head-On Crash: Duane Brown
A motorist who crashed head-on into a 7.5 ton lorry while four times the cocaine limit has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

Duane Brown, 37, arrived at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court in a wheelchair as he continues to recover from hip fractures and a serious injury to his left foot.

Brown, of Haycroft Road, Surbiton also pleaded guilty to driving his BMW with excess cocaine in his blood on September 17, last year in Leatherhead Road, Chessington.

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. 

The court heard he has had 14 operations since the crash as well as physiotherapy.

He was bailed until May 30 for a pre-sentence report.

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