Moses Khombe (pictured left), 41, of Lake View, Dunstable, appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Monday, November 23rd) where he was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison, was handed a driving ban of four years and five months and was told he must take an extended test and pay costs to his victims.
It follows the smash which occurred on March 15th this year at around 10.30pm, on the northbound side of the motorway near Charnock Richard services, which left three people with serious injuries.
Khombe, who had spent the evening drinking at a friend’s house in Stoke-on-Trent, drove the wrong way while trying to get home to Bedfordshire. When he realised he was travelling north instead of south he attempted to do a U-turn across three lanes of traffic.
He narrowly missed several vehicles but collided in lane three with a Vauxhall Grandland which was travelling at around 70mph.
All four people in the Vauxhall suffered injuries, with three of them serious. One of the passengers spent almost two months in hospital undergoing three operations while the other two suffered broken bones and bruising.
Khombe was uninjured.
The photos (right) show the aftermath of the collision.
When Khombe’s blood was tested for alcohol following the collision it was found to contain 203mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood. The legal limit is 80mgs of alcohol.
In court he pleaded guilty to three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving and drink-driving.
PC Jez Robbins, of Lancashire Police’s TacOps team, said: “Khombe decided to get behind the wheel knowing he would have been well over the drink-drive limit. After going the wrong way he pulled onto the hard shoulder before making the decision to do a U-turn across three lanes of traffic. He caused a crash which seriously injured three people, caused injuries to a fourth person and put countless others in other vehicles at risk.
“Khombe’s actions were reckless, selfish and stupid and it is no exaggeration to say someone could have been killed that night. As it is, the four people in the Vauxhall have been left with both physical and mental injuries which will potentially stay with them for years to come.
“I hope this sentencing sends a message to all motorists that drink-driving is never worth it. The legal limit is there for a reason and however well you believe you can drive under the influence, you are putting yourself and others in danger of serious harm.
“I also hope this sentence gives some closure to the victims and enables them to move forward with their lives.”