Drink-driver jailed over Norwich clubland crash which left two injured

The aftermath of the crash on Prince of Wales Road for which James Berryman was jailed. The aftermath of the crash on Prince of Wales Road for which James Berryman was jailed.

Polly Grice
Friday, May 30, 2014
11:29 AM

A motorist who crashed into four cars and injured two people in the heart of Norwich’s clubland while more than twice the drink drive limit has been jailed for a year.

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Norwich Crown Court heard that James Berryman, 22, was first spotted in the early hours of March 1 veering between lanes by police but he failed to stop and tried to get away by going through red lights.

He continued on to Bank Plain where he hit a taxi, injuring 45-year-old passenger Roxanne Hickie.

The court was told Miss Hickie suffered whiplash and pain in her back and spine and had to take time off work following the crash.

Berryman continued down Prince of Wales Road before smashing into another taxi and eventually coming to a stop.

The driver of the second taxi was sitting in his vehicle outside Mojos nightclub and suffered minor injuries.

When breathalysed, Berryman gave a reading of 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Berryman, of St Andrews Close, Old Buckenham, admitted dangerous driving, drink driving, aggravated taking a vehicle without consent and driving without insurance or a licence. He was given a 12-month prison sentence and disqualified from driving for three years.

Sentencing Berryman, Recorder Peter Wallis said: “The offences, dangerous driving in particular, involved multiple collisions and injury was caused.

“It was a prolonged course of very bad driving, fuelled and aggravated by the consumption of alcohol.

“The driving I would classify as about as bad as it gets.”

In mitigation, Jude Durr said that Berryman had reacted badly to his father leaving the family home some years ago.

He added that despite being excluded from formal education at the age of 13 and having severe dyslexia, Berryman had recently found paid employment.

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