Crash driverwas drunk on half bole of spirits

AN EAST Malling driver who caused serious injuries to another motorist has been sentenced to 22 months in prison. TomaszKonkel (23), ofBlatchford

Close, East Malling, admitted to drinking more than half a bottle of vodka before getting behind the wheel and colliding with two other vehicles. He was driving his Audi A3, pic-

tured after the crash, on the A228 Pembury northern bypass towards Maidstone, at 1am on October 7, 2017, when he tried to overtake a FordMondeo. He lost control of the car and hit

the Mondeo, which then hit trees. TheAudi thenveeredinto oncoming traffic and crashed into a Peugeot 107, causing it to roll onto its roof. TheMondeo driver suffered sev-

eral broken bones andwas taken to hospitalwhere he spent ninedays in intensive care.A woman passenger suffered cuts and bruises. The Peugeot driver was sent to a London hospital with several bro-

ken bones, and stayed there for two weeks. Konkel admitted to police that he

was drunk, and had consumed half a bottle of vodka, two pints of lager and four shots of vodka. He was arrested and provided a

bloodsample,whichshowedhewas almost twice over the legal limit. He was later charged with drink

driving and two counts of causing serious injury bydangerousdriving. Konkel pleaded guilty and was sentenced onAugust 2 to 22months

in prison.Hewas disqualified from driving for three years and 11 months and will be have to take an extended test. PC Derek Mole, of the Serious

Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Tomasz Konkel should not have been behind thewheel of a car hav- ing consumed such a substantial amount of alcohol. “His actions have caused signifi-

cant injury to two other driverswho will have to livewith their effects for a considerable time.”

Drugs payback A MAN sentenced in connection with drug dealing has been ordered to pay backmore than £6,000. Joseph Cantwell was arrested on

March 19, 2017,when officers found a bag of cannabis he had hidden in bushes after a crash in Lunsford Lane, Larkfield. A search of his car and home

foundmore cannabis and £5,960. Cantwell (23), admitted possess-

ing cannabis with intent to supply and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to nine months in prison, suspended for two years. At a confiscation hearing atMaid-

stone Crown Court, Cantwell of CygnetClose,Larkfieldwas ordered to pay back £6,060.

Clerk guilty A FORMER clerk of Leybourne ParishCouncilhas beentoldto carry out 240 hours of community service. Neil Curtis (59), from Charles

Drive, Cuxton, was sentenced on August 13 following a six-day trial atMaidstone Crown Court. The jury foundhimguilty of caus-

ing a computer to perform a func- tion to enable unauthorised access. Curtis had denied the charge. Mr Curtis declined to comment when approached byDownsMail.


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