Man jailed over Pebble Hill Road collision

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A driver who was over the legal alcohol limit has been jailed following a collision in Betchworth in April 2020 that left a man paralysed from the chest down.

Alexandru Ifteni, 33, of Aldwick Close, Farnborough, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, and given a 78 month disqualification with extended re-test, having pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Surrey Police were called to Pebble Hill Road in Betchworth on 9 April 2020 at around 5pm, following a serious collision involving two vehicles.

Ifteni had been driving a white van down Pebble Hill Road on his way home from work when he collided with another small van which was travelling in the opposite direction.

Enquiries following the collision revealed that Ifteni was driving without a valid licence.

He was taken to hospital to be treated for a broken arm and a dislocated knee.

Blood tests showed that Ifteni was over the legal drink driving limit and had cocaine in his system.

The other driver had to be removed from his vehicle by Surrey Fire and Rescue before being rushed to hospital with serious injuries. He has been left paralysed from the chest down following the collision.

Ifteni was sentenced at Guilford Crown Court on 28 May 2021.

Stuart Bonner from Surrey Police’s serious collision investigation unit said: “The injuries which the victim sustained in this collision were horrific.

“He has been left paralysed from the chest down and as a self-employed builder is no longer able to work.

“Ifteni put lives at risk by getting behind the wheel that day without a valid licence and whilst being over the legal limit. Anyone driving dangerously especially with alcohol and drugs in their system should be aware of the serious life-changing implications their selfish actions may have.”