Teenage driver high on cannabis caused serious injury in crash near Dereham

Rhys Moore at Norwich Magistrates Court. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Rhys Moore at Norwich Magistrates Court. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A teenager who was high on cannabis left a woman in hospital with serious injuries after a 'terrible' piece of driving.

Today Rhys Moore, 18, is facing the prospect of custody after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving after taking drugs following a two-vehicle crash on Yaxham Road, near Dereham which resulted in five people being taken to hospital.

A woman in her 20's was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich in a serious condition and has since lost her spleen following the crash which involved Moore's Peugeot 205 and a red Skoda Fabia.

Another woman and three men were also taken to the N&N following the incident on the B1135 Yaxham Road.

Moore, of Kestrel Close, Swaffham, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday where he admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving on September 27 last year.

He also admitted one count of driving with the presence of a controlled drug, cannabis, above the legal limit.

The court heard the crash happened three days before Moore's 18th birthday.

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It is thought the defendant had just completed an overtaking manoeuvre and either 'clipped the kerb' or 'simply lost control' as he was 'using only one hand on the steering wheel'.

At the time of the impact Moore was 'on the wrong side of the road'.

Judge Stephen Holt adjourned sentence until April 4 for reports to be made but warned custody was likely.

He said: 'This was a terrible piece of driving that resulted in very serious injury.'

He added that 'all options' were open but warned 'custody in cases like this is almost inevitable'.

Speaking after Moore admitted the offences, Sergeant Peter Howlett from Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing, said the crash 'resulted in a serious injury and hospital treatment for a young woman, our thoughts are with her and her family; and highlight the real dangers of driving under the influence of drugs'.

New legislation introduced on March 2 2015 made it illegal to drive with certain drugs above a certain level in the blood, even if you're not unfit to drive.

In Suffolk and Norfolk during December 2015 - 91 drug tests were conducted with 28 positive tests, and in January 2016 - 67 drug tests were conducted with nine positive tests.

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