10th Dec, 2016

Drunk driver jailed after causing death of motorcyclist in Wootton Wawen

Stratford Editorial 27th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A DRINK driver who caused the death of a motorcyclist in Wootton Wawen was more than three times the legal limit and had taken cocaine.

Craig Allen, age 35 of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving and death by excess alcohol at Coventry Crown Court on Thursday (May 26).

He was sentenced to nine years in prison after causing a head-on collision on the A3400 on April 25 which killed motorcyclist and dad-of-two Robert Loach.

The sentence was reduced to six years for an early guilty plea.

Allen gave a positive breath test at the scene with a reading of 155mg – the legal limit is 35mg. He also tested positive for cocaine.

PC David Bull said: “This was a tragedy which could have been avoided. The simple fact is that driving when you have been drinking or taking drugs is not just illegal it puts you and other road users at risk.

“I hope that the sentence given out yesterday sends a message to all road users who might be tempted to drive after they have had a drink. It’s just not worth it.”