Drink-driver who killed man on A605 jailed

The scene of the crash and Nichols, who has been jailed NNL-180329-093921005
The scene of the crash and Nichols, who has been jailed NNL-180329-093921005

A drink-driver was more than three times over the limit when he killed a man on the A605.

Paul Nichols, 38, of no fixed abode, was jailed at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (March 28) after previously pleading guilty to death by dangerous driving and causing death while uninsured.

Nichols was driving a white Suzuki Vitara along the A605 at Elton, just across the Northamptonshire border, on June 25 last year when he attempted to overtake a black Peugeot 208.

He collided into the side of the Peugeot before flipping his vehicle into the path of a white Peugeot Partner.

The driver of the Peugeot Partner, 51-year-old Paul Cooper of Long Buckby, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Peugeot 208, a 38-year-old man and his four passengers aged 27, seven, five and two were all slightly injured.

Nichols was taken to hospital for treatment for a number of fractures and a pulmonary embolism.

Forensic scientist Neville Isles was asked by police to conduct an analysis on Nichols to establish his blood alcohol concentrations and concluded that he was likely to be 3.2 times over the legal limit at the time of the collision (259mg per 100ml of blood).

Collision investigator PC James Thorne said: “The sentence does not reflect the value that we place on a life but I hope that it serves as a stark reminder to those people who believe it acceptable to drink and drive.

“Nichols took the life of a perfectly innocent man going about his lawful business because of his selfish and deplorable attitude.

“I would urge people to report others who they may suspect of drink driving.

“It could ultimately save a great deal of heart ache and even a life.”

Nichols was jailed for nine years, given a 15-year disqualification from driving and ordered to sit an extended re-test.

Anyone who suspects someone of drink driving can contact police via their confidential drink drive hotline on 0800 032 0845.