20th Jul, 2019

Redditch man jailed after drug-fuelled drive leaves woman seriously injured

Harry Leach 4th Mar, 2019 Updated: 4th Mar, 2019

A REDDITCH man was jailed for two years and four months after a drug-fuelled drive left a woman seriously injured.

Greenlands resident Ritchie Cook was driving on Alcester Road South in Kings Heath, Birmingham, on July 8 2018, when he lost control of the car and veered onto the wrong side of the road.

In doing so, the 28-year-old engineer mounted the pavement and hit a stationary car at the Tenbury Road junction.

Cook then drove into a woman who was walking along the pavement and only stopped after crashing into a wall.

The woman needed a number of operations on her foot and was left with permanent tissue damage.

Detective Sergeant Phil Hinton, from Force CID, said: “This sentencing proves dangerous drivers who take risks on our roads – endangering the lives of others – will not be let off lightly.

“I hope this acts as a deterrent to those who think they are invincible and can get away with drug-driving.”

Cook admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving as well as drug-driving after ketamine was found in his system.

He was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, February 28 and also give a three-year driving ban.

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