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Aylesbury man jailed for five years after drug-drive crash

A passenger died after Omar Shah crashed into a tree last year.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 10:19am 24th September 2017. 3-minute read.

Aylesbury man jailed for five years after drug-drive crash

A man from Aylesbury has been given a five year jail term for drug-driving.

Omar Shah, from Havelock Street, was at the wheel a Mercedes ML55 on 29th August last year when it crashed into a tree on the Cublington Road in Aston Abbots.

A 21 year old male passenger in the car - also from Aylesbury - died at the scene.

When Thames Valley Police officers arrived, Shah claimed that another man had been driving the car and that they had run off. This lead to an extensive search of the area involving significant police resources.

Further investigation through CCTV and extensive forensic enquiries proved that Omar Shah was driving the car despite him denying it.

Blood samples taken showed that Shah was driving over the specific limit for three drugs namely, benzoylecgonine (BZE), cocaine and cannabis.

Mr Shah was sentenced to 5 years in prison at Aylesbury Crown Court on Thursday (21/9) and was also disqualified from driving for seven and a half years.

Investigating officer, PC Victoria Jones of Thames Valley Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, based at Three Mile Cross, said:

“I am pleased with that Shah has been convicted and sentenced".

“Omar Shah has made this an unnecessarily protracted investigation and only at the last moment admitted what he had done".

“He made the decision to get behind the wheel that night knowing he had consumed a large quantity of drugs".

“He showed a blatant and reckless disregard for the law, the safety of his passengers and other road users".

“My thoughts remain with the family of the victim who are still trying to come to terms with the loss of their son”.

“We are committed to reducing the deadly impact that drink and drug driving have, and I hope that the tragic loss of life in this case may stop others from getting behind the wheel whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.”

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