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3 June 2015, 15:23
A drink-driver who collided with a pedestrian after a night out in Maidstone has been jailed for two years.
Jordan Imison, 23, from Keighley in West Yorkshire, has also been disqualified for five years following the incident in the early hours of Wednesday 20 November 2013.
The pedestrian he hit suffered a double fracture to his right leg and could not walk without the aid of crutches for several months.
Imison was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 1 June after pleading guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and driving above the legal alcohol limit.
The court heard how Imison was driving a yellow Renault Kangoo panel van when he collided with the pedestrian in Barker Road. The vehicle failed to stop but was located and pulled over by police a short time later as it travelled along London Road.
Breath tests revealed 66 and 59 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath, above the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Chris Waterfall said: ‘Jordan Imison has accepted responsibility for the serious injuries he caused to the pedestrian, having chosen to drive in a dangerous manner while under the influence of alcohol.
‘The sentence imposed upon him highlights the seriousness of such offending and should act as a warning to anyone who chooses to drink before getting behind the wheel.’