Drug driver from Weymouth jailed after A35 crash

Police Accident

A drug driver has been jailed after he was found guilty of causing a serious injury collision in West Dorset.


Sam Laurence Harman, aged 30 of Sussex Road, Weymouth, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court today after being found guilty at an earlier trial of two offences of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.


He had previously admitted offences of drug driving and driving without valid insurance.


Harman was sentenced to a total of three years in prison. He has also been disqualified from driving for four years, with the ban due to begin when he is released from prison.


At around 8.20am on Sunday, December 17, 2017, Harman was driving a BMW 320 eastbound along the A35 at Morecombelake when his vehicle was seen to drift across the solid white line markings in the centre of the road. It was subsequently involved in a collision with an oncoming vehicle, a Citroen C3. The Citroen then collided with a Vauxhall Astra that had been travelling behind it.


The occupants of the Citroen, a woman aged in her 70s and man aged in his 80s from Bridport, were both taken to hospital with serious injuries.


Harman sustained only minor injuries in the collision and the driver of the Vauxhall was uninjured.


A blood sample taken from the defendant at hospital revealed the presence of Benzoylecgonine – a metabolite of cocaine – at a level of 78 micrograms per litre. The legal limit is 50 micrograms per litre.


The injured woman spent four months in hospital following the collision and has long-term mobility issues as a result. Her husband suffered several broken ribs and a fracture to his sternum that required long-term treatment.


Sergeant Fern Graham, of Dorset Police traffic unit, said:


“As a result of Sam Harman’s driving, two people were left with serious injuries that have had a lasting impact on them.


“This case is yet another reminder of the dangers of getting behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of drugs and we are committed to making sure those who put others at risk by doing so are identified and brought before the courts.”