A drink driver from Gosport has been jailed for five-and-a-half years after he left two women with severe injuries following a crash.
Matthew Styler, a former soldier from Monks Way, admitted colliding with Kirsty Searle and Holly Burns in Stoke Road in July 2011. He failed to stop after the incident and then attempted to cover his tracks by setting the car alight.
The victims were left with serious injuries, including a broken leg, a punctured diaphragm and facial fractures, The Portsmouth News reported.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard that Mr Styler was travelling at around 56mph in a 30mph zone when he hit the women.
“The reports I have read make it clear that sober, you are very sorry for what you did and accept that you deserve a lengthy sentence. But your efforts to try and get out of being caught were significant,” said judge Sarah Munro while sentencing.
Recently, the government announced that it would be taking a stronger stance on drug driving, removing the need for police to prove impairment.
Posted by Trevor Baker
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