Drink driver sentenced to nine years in prison

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Craig Allen

A DRINK DRIVER who caused the death of a motorcyclist in Wootton Wawen last month has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Craig Allen, aged 35, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Coventry Crown Court yesterday, Thursday 26th May, to causing death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

His sentence was reduced to six years for an early guilty plea.

The charges relate to a head-on collision on the A3400 at Wootton Wawen on Monday 25th April in which 27-year-old motorcyclist Robert Loach died.

Allen provided a positive breath test at the scene with a reading of 155mg. The legal limit is 35mg. He also provided a positive drug swipe test for Cocaine.

PC David Bull said: “This was a tragedy which could have been avoided. The simple fact is that driving when you have been drinking or taking drugs is not just illegal it puts you and other road users at risk.

“I hope that the sentence given out yesterday sends a message to all road users who might be tempted to drive after they have had a drink. It’s just not worth it.”