Footage of ‘drunkest driver police had ever seen’ slurring words after killing Lancaster student

The police officer who arrested the liquor driver jailed for killing a Lancaster University student has described how he was the “most drunk” person he’d ever seen behind the wheel.

Malcolm Witt, 68, of Meadow Drive, Hoveton, appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Friday and was sentenced to eight years in prison. He was also disqualified from driving for another seven years and told he had to drive compulsorily before he could drive again.

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The court heard how White was driving a Lexus RX SUV along the A149 Wayford Road, between the B1159 junction and Chapel Field Road, just before 4.30pm on Sunday 31 July when his car speeded onto the pavement and collided with two pedestrians. – a teenage girl and 20-year-old Fenella Howes.

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Police have now released footage from the body camera that was worn by the officer who arrested Witt. PC Callum Walchester said: “I’ve been a PC for 10 years and worked in the Highway Police for almost six years, and he was the drunkest person I’ve ever seen behind the wheel of a car.”

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Her mother said, “I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye.”

The court heard how White had not stopped his car after colliding with Fenella and the teenage girl, but instead continued along the A149 for another mile. His car finally stopped after hitting a road sign and trees and bushes at the edge of the road, just before the junction of the A149 and Old Market Road.

When officers arrived at the scene of the second crash, they found White in the driver’s seat. He smelled alcohol strongly but refused to take a breath test. He was arrested and taken to James Paget Hospital in Gorleston for evaluation.

While being held at Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre, around four hours after he had driven into Fenella and the teenage girl, he was recorded as having 120 micrograms of alcohol on his breath. Officers estimated that this would have been about 158 ​​micrograms if it had been picked up on the side of the road after a collision. The legal limit is 35 micrograms per 100 milliliters.

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Malcolm White was sentenced to eight years in prison
Malcolm White was sentenced to eight years in prison

The police investigation concluded that White’s car was not defective, and that the weather and road conditions were clean and presentable. During the interviews with the police, no comment was given to every question.

In her personal victim statement, Fenella’s mother Margaret said: “Every day I cry, when I wake up, all day at random times for seemingly no reason and when I go to bed at night. I imagine her walking, so happy holding sunflowers for me and then getting hit by the car.” I’m crying because I’ll never see Fenella again, I’ll never see her bright smile or hear her laughter, I’ll never talk to her about her day or her plans for the future, I’ll never help cheer her up when she’s sad or gossip with her, I’ll never go for long walks with her again. .. I will never be able to sit with her in front of our fire … She will never be the same again.

Wait in the back of the car after the tragic accident

“I sigh for the future you don’t have because some drunk man chose to get into the car, knowing that this was a weapon that could kill a person, and it actually killed my 20-year-old daughter. She was a young woman who started her life, and her bright future was thrown away in a matter of seconds.” Because of someone who doesn’t think or care. I cried because she was so happy: she was so beautiful inside and out and she was alive, and now she’s not here, never to come again. I never had a chance to say goodbye.”

Following the sentencing, Detective David McCormack, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is a tragedy, and it could have been entirely avoidable. I appeal to anyone who thinks it’s okay to have a drink and then drive, please remember to heart – the serious and devastating consequences of drink driving were clear.” Extremely in this case, White’s decision to drink and drive changed people’s lives forever.

Fenella was only twenty when she was killed

The teenage girl who, with Fenella, was on her way home from work that day, is traumatized by what happened. Wyatt will have to live the rest of his life knowing that he took the life of a wonderful young woman who had so much to give and so much she wanted to achieve. It has caused a lot of pain to a lot of people.”

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