Man jailed after admitting causing serious injuries by dangerous driving
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A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after his reckless and dangerous driving seriously injured a mother and her young child in Northampton.
Jake Oliver Warren, formerly of Dunster Street, Northampton, was charged with two offences of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after his black Vauxhall Astra collided head-on with a grey VX Golf.
At about 6.15pm on Sunday, October 30, 2022, Warren was witnessed swerving in and out of traffic on the A45 Nene Valley Way before swapping lanes and cutting in front of other cars at the Barnes Meadow roundabout to get to the front of the queue at the traffic lights.
As the traffic lights changed to green, Warren sped off and without indicating, overtook a car on Rushmere Road, and collided with the female driver of the Golf travelling in the opposition direction, seriously injuring her and her young passenger in the process.
Warren helped the injured parties out of the other car and was found laid on the floor when emergency services arrived. He initially told the police that he had fallen asleep at the wheel, which he later unsuccessfully disputed at court.
Officers conducted both a roadside breath test and drug wipe, and despite a negative reading for alcohol, Warren tested positive for cocaine and was subsequently arrested. He was taken to Northampton General Hospital, where a blood sample was taken for analysis.
Following an investigation, Warren was charged via a postal requisition with two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one offence of driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit.
At his first court hearing on August 17 last year, Warren pleaded guilty to all three charges at Northampton Magistrates’ Court, and his case was committed to Northampton Crown Court for sentencing.
On Tuesday, December 19, Warren was sentenced to a total of 28 months imprisonment for both counts of serious injury by dangerous driving and disqualified from driving for 38-months for the drug-drive conviction.
Following sentencing, lead investigator, PC Nikki Hanwell of the West LPA Response Team, said: “Prior to the collision, Warren was witnessed driving in a dangerous and reckless manner, and his total disregard for other road users led to two people sustaining serious injuries.
“The manner of his driving fell below the legal requirements however, Warren had also taken illicit drugs, which not only put his life in unnecessary danger but also the lives of innocent people unwittingly sharing the road with him.
“This traumatic incident has had a huge impact on the lives of the female driver and her child however, I hope that they can take some solace from the sentence.
“I also hope Warren is aware, that as result of his reckless use of the road, he was fortunate that his actions did not leave a family grieving for their loved one.”
Tragically in 2022, after being involved in a road collision in Northamptonshire, 36 people never returned home safely to their loved ones, and 347 required urgent medical assistance for serious and life-changing injuries.