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DRUG DRIVING: St Albans man sentenced after bus driver loses leg in serious traffic collision

 Published on: 12th December 2022   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A St Albans man has been jailed in connection with a serious road traffic collision which resulted in a bus driver losing his leg. 

Nathaniel Ferdinand, 28, was sentenced for two years and eight months at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, November 25.

The collision occurred on the A1081 Luton Road at around 4pm on Saturday, April 9 this year.

Ferdinand, from Henderson Close in St Albans, was driving his BMW along the road when he veered into the opposite carriageway and collided head on with a bus.

The crash resulted in injuries for 10 passengers and severe consequences for the bus driver, a man aged in his 60s. He sustained several fractures, ultimately resulting in the amputation of his leg.  

Officers attended the scene and Ferdinand, who had escapes with slight injuries, failed a roadside drugs test.

As well as the custodial sentence, Ferdinand has been banned from driving for 40 months and must take an extended re-test.

Detective Constable David Burstow, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Serious Collision Investigation Unit, led the case. 

He said: “This case highlights the traumatic, life changing effects that driving under the influence of drugs can have.

“Ferdinand, who initially tried to blame the bus driver for the collision, had smoked cannabis until 3am on the day of the incident and caused this horrific crash several hours later. The law is clear, do not take drugs and drive.”

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