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Drink and drug driver jailed over fatal crash

By Matthew Cooper

Published 13/08/2016

A motorist has been jailed for eight years over a horror high-speed car crash that killed two of his friends.

James Tatton, from Stoke-on-Trent, reached speeds in excess of 110mph while in a 50mph zone before hitting a lorry.

As well as being jailed, the 24-year-old, who pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of Marcus Smith and Sean Longstaff, both 22, was banned from driving for nine years.

Stoke Crown Court heard that the defendant had drunk alcohol and taken drugs before getting behind the wheel in August last year, and that friends had told him not to drive.

In a statement released after the verdict, Sergeant Ian Tanner said: "Tatton was driving whilst affected by drink and drugs and was travelling at excessive speed.

"His reckless actions caused the deaths of his friends and destroyed their families. Motorists need to understand such driving is not acceptable on our roads and those who drive in such a way will face consequences."

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