Drug driver avoids jail after causing near-fatal Horsham crash Brighton News

A DRUG DRIVER who caused an accident that caused serious injuries to a motorcyclist avoided prison.

Emily Corry was driving a Volkswagen in Brighton Road, Horsham, when she pulled out of a junction without looking properly in July last year.

One motorcyclist, a 66-year-old man from Hurstpierpoint, suffered serious injuries including 11 broken ribs and a broken sternum and was taken to hospital.

Officers who attended the scene noted that Corry’s vehicle smelled strongly of cannabis.

The 36-year-old gave a positive roadside blood alcohol test but was just below the legal limit.

However, she also tested positive for cocaine and cannabis in her system from two positive DrugWipe tests.

The former social worker later told officers she had been on a “bender” the previous weekend.

While in police custody, she gave positive blood tests with four micrograms of cannabis per liter of blood – the legal limit is 2 mcg of cannabis per liter of blood – and tested positive for 16 mcg of cocaine per liter of blood – the legal limit is 10 mcg of cocaine per litre.

At Lewes Crown Court, she admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving over the prescribed limit for drugs.

Corry, of Laurel Walk, Horsham, was ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work and 15 sessions of rehabilitative activity requirement as part of a two-year suspended sentence.

She was also banned from driving for five years.

Constable Pat Nixon, of the Highway Patrol Unit, said: ‘Corry’s actions that day were selfish and dangerous. She was incredibly lucky not to have caused a fatal collision.

“Drunk driving and drugged driving is one of the main factors that explains why people are killed or seriously injured on our roads every year. Another factor is reckless driving.

“She didn’t look for the motorcyclist properly before pulling out, and her reactions were clearly impaired at the time because she still had drugs in her system.

“Drugs stay in the system for a long time after they are taken and can affect your ability to drive safely.

“Corry’s driving fell well below the standard of a competent driver and required the victim to go through months of rehabilitation as a result.

“This case demonstrates that we will continue to target road users who believe that driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is acceptable.

“We are pleased that a dangerous driver has been removed from our roads.”

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This notice was published: 2022-03-28 13:09:31

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