Alcohol and drug driver who crashed his car near the A27 disqualified

A DRINK and drug driver who turned his vehicle upside down and abandoned his passenger has been convicted.

Joshua Biggs was approaching the A27 near Arundel when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree.

The car then rolled into a ditch after the accident at around 11:30 p.m. on January 28.

While Biggs, 31, managed to extricate himself from the rubble, he made no attempt to help his passenger or get help for him.

Police stopped Biggs half a mile from the accident when he was seen walking down the carriageway and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

He later provided a positive roadside breath test and a positive sample for alcohol in his blood. The blood test also revealed he had cannabis in his system above the legal limit.

Biggs, unemployed, of Cheviot Close in East Preston, admitted in Crawley Magistrates’ Court on August 5 to exceeding the legal limit for drinking and driving over the legal limit for a Class B drug.

His driving license was revoked for three years and a 120-day alcohol abstinence was ordered as part of a ten-week suspended sentence.

Biggs will also have to complete ten days of rehab activity and pay £85 court costs and a £128 victim’s surcharge.

PC Ant Baker of the Roads Policing Unit investigated the case and said Biggs’ behavior showed the selfish mindset of those who drink alcohol or use drugs and then get behind the wheel.

He said: “Driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs is a serious offense with serious consequences. Biggs decided to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, with no regard for the safety of others.

“He crashed his vehicle just before driving onto the A27 and managed to extricate himself from the wreckage and was then seen by members of the public calling for his passenger who did not answer.

“The passenger was still trapped in the vehicle, but instead of calling emergency services, Biggs decided to flee the scene and left his passenger in the crashed vehicle.

“This shows the kind of selfish mindset that it takes to drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“We spend our time getting these types of people off the streets before incidents like this happen. We are determined to catch criminals and prevent them from harming themselves or other road users.

“The sentence given to Biggs reflects the seriousness of the crime and his actions at the scene and serves as a deterrent to others who may be committing these crimes.

“We are pleased that another dangerous motorist has been taken off our roads.” Alcohol and drug driver who crashed his car near the A27 disqualified

Fry Electronics Team

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