Soham Man Jailed For Drink Driving

19 September 2014, 08:07

A man from Cambridgeshire has been jailed for four years for killing a man by drink-driving in north-west Suffolk.

The crash happened in Lakenheath when Steven Samuel lost control of his blue Ford Focus while travelling along Undley Road and struck a tree shortly after 5:30am on Saturday 19 October, 2013

The front-seat passenger, 22-year-old John Joe Scott from Wingfield Road in the village, died at the scene.

Steven Samuel, was arrested at the scene and charged with one count of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol. The 21-year-old unemployed man from Hasse Road in Soham was jailed for four year after pleading guilty.

Investigating Officer, Pc Karl Hale, said: "Yet again, a family in Suffolk has been left devastated by a loved one being killed by a drink-driver. Steven Samuel has some years behind bars to reflect on his reckless actions from that October night. John-Joe’s parents and friends are still reeling from events nearly a year on. It frustrates us that people still take fail to heed police messages about drink-driving and don’t realise that a car is a potentially deadly weapon. We here at Suffolk Police are committed to enhancing road safety in the county through education and enforcement. We take this role as seriously as preventing and reducing crime. Drink-driving is socially unacceptable and will seriously jeopardise an individual’s career prospects.”

Steven Samuel was also disqualified from driving for seven years.