Drug drive lorry driver sentenced after crashing into police car
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A habitual drug user has been sentenced after crashing his lorry into a police car on the A38 in Derby, last November.
Simon Storey, of Tees Crescent, Stanley in County Durham, failed to notice the unmarked silver Audi A4 attempting to overtake him on the A38 near Kingsway as officers responded to a 999 call.
The 41-year-old pulled out just as the police car, complete with blue lights and siren, was about to pass -- resulting in an unavoidable collision.
The driver, a police constable, was pulled from the wreckage of the Audi by members of the public and thankfully suffered only minor injuries. The passenger, a police sergeant, was seriously injured and had to be cut out of the car by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Mr Storey failed to stop at the scene and instead parked up out of view, where he called his boss to ask what he should do.
He was arrested and admitted in interview that he had smoked Cannabis every day before driving and had done so earlier that day.
Storey appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on 23 March and was found guilty of drug driving and driving without due care and attention.
He was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, a 12-month driving ban, and a curfew between 7pm and 7am for a period of six weeks.
Both officers have now recovered and were extremely lucky to have survived the crash.