A driver who hit another car then falsely said his girlfriend had been driving has been jailed for 10 months.
Adam Kruger, 25, hit a car carrying a couple on the A605 near Warmington just after 12.30am and then crashed into a ditch.
He was found in the car in his underwear and told police and paramedics that his girlfriend had been driving and had run off.
This resulted in a police helicopter being called out to search for her at a cost of £660 to the taxpayer.
Kruger’s girlfriend was arrested at 2.30am at her home in Oundle, where she was sleeping.
She was held in custody at Corby police station for 10 hours.
Kruger was injured in the crash and was taken to hospital for treatment. Against doctors’ advice he discharged himself at 9am and got a taxi home, which he vomited in during the journey.
Kruger’s father rang the police to try and set the record straight and when the message got through, Kruger’s girlfriend was released.
Kruger, of Market Place, Oundle, was sentenced to 10 months prison for perverting the course of justice and disqualified from driving for two years for careless driving when he appeared at Northampton Crown Court today (Friday).
The court heard that the relationship between Kruger and his girlfriend was “somewhat difficult and volatile” and they had had a row on the night that the incident happened, September 25, 2011.
Sentencing Kruger, Judge Sylvia De Bertodano said after he hit the other car he had made the situation worse by lying. She said: “You made your position much, much worse when you did what you then did, which was to blame your girlfriend and tell paramedics and police that she was driving and she had run off after the crash as she was scared because she had been prosecuted for drink driving in the past.”
Speaking about Kruger falsely accusing his girlfriend, she added: “It’s a despicable thing to do, even in a state of shock. You were relying on your relationship with her to go along with it to save your skin.”