Alex Bowden November 21 2017
Driving under the influence of alcohol and with drugs in his system, a Kent motorist hit and killed a cyclist but failed to stop, continuing on to another pub where he ordered a pint. Appearing at Canterbury Crown Court, Joseph Bills was sentenced to three years and four months in prison for causing death by dangerous driving. He was also disqualified from driving for 44 months.
The BBC reports that on March 10, 22-year-old Bills veered his Vauxhall Vivaro van onto the wrong side of Canterbury Road in Whitstable, hitting chef David Thorman head-on.
He had been in two pubs before the collision, drinking beer and Sambuca, and had also taken cocaine the night before.
Bills failed to stop and instead drove to the Rose in Bloom pub, where he arrived with glass in his hair. After ordering a pint, he initially claimed he had had a row with his girlfriend, but then told a friend he had hit a cyclist.