A man who smoked 3 cannabis joints before crashing into a man on a motorcycle has been jailed for two years.
Andrew Ollerenshaw was driving in Copt Oak Road between Coalville and Loughborough on November 21 last year when the incident happened.
The victim was left in a coma for several months and was in hospital for a total of nine months, only being released at the beginning of August.
He suffered serious nerve and spinal injuries that will have a lasting affect on his ability to lead a regular life.
Leicester Crown Court today heard that Ollerenshaw had smoked three joints of cannabis during the 12 hours leading up to the crash.
He previously pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving under the influence of cannabis and driving without insurance or tax.
Officers who attended the scene of the collision found that the 30-year-old’s Ford Mondeo smelt like cannabis.
What did the judge say?
Judge Michael Stokes said: “The victim had every day in his life to look forward to and as a result of what you did on that day, his life has been completely devastated.”
Ollerenshaw of East Crescent, Ellistown, Coalville was turning right onto Beacon Road on his way to work at around 7.15am when he hit the victim.
Dashcam footage from the car driving behind Ollerenshaw shows the victim’s headlight is clearly visible.
Ollerenshaw has smoked cannabis daily since he was 15 spending £70 a week on the habit.
Driving has also been a part of his employment for a number of years, but he has never been convicted of any driving offences.
‘If I could erase your injuries I would’
Judge Stokes addressed the victim, who was present in court and said: “This sentence is not a reflection of the seriousness of your injuries, rather it is in correspondence to the guidelines I have to go by.
“If I could give him 20 years in prison and that would erase all your injuries, I would do it.”
Ollerenshaw will serve up to a year of his two year sentence and will be disqualified from driving for a total of four years.
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