Man behind bars after causing serious injury by dangerous driving
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A man who left a cyclist with life-changing injuries will spend Christmas behind bars after pleading guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving while over the legal limit for alcohol.
Seth Wheeler, 50, of Stubbs Hill, Dorking, was sentenced to 24 months in prison when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (3 December). He was also given a four-year driving ban with an extended re-test upon release.
On 24 April 2021, officers came across a cyclist laying injured after being struck by Wheeler in Blackbrook Road, Dorking. The evidence and witness accounts showed that Wheeler had crashed into the back of the victim, leaving him seriously injured by the side of the road.
The victim suffered significant and life-changing injuries, including multiple fractures to the skull, broken ribs, a punctured lung and a hemithorax. He was taken to East Surrey Hospital before being transferred to St George’s Hospital in Tooting. He is now at home but is still recovering from his injuries.
Thanks to the quick actions of members of the public and officers on the scene, Wheeler was arrested and found to be over the limit for alcohol. The vehicle he was driving had sustained serious damaged prior to the collision, resulting in the vehicle being in a dangerous condition at the time of the collision. Wheeler was charged following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.
PC Nick Swann, from Surrey Police’s Roads Policing Unit, who led the investigation, said: “While Wheeler is now in prison, nothing will make up for the impact of the serious injuries he inflicted on Mr Burchett has had. Wheeler’s actions have resulted in life-changing injuries to a hard-working and honest family man, and his recovery will continue for many years.
“Driving after consuming alcohol or drugs will not be tolerated in Surrey, and officers will always take a proactive approach to arresting offenders and putting them before the court. I would like to thank the quick and decisive actions of the first responders and members of the public at the scene of the incident, along with all that have played their part in ensuring Wheeler was brought to justice for his reprehensible behaviour.”