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Death driver in four year jail sentence

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 03, 2013

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A MOTORIST who hit and killed a dog walker after a night out boozing in Burton has been jailed for four years.

Joshua Butler was asleep at the wheel when he knocked down Stuart Blackwell in Streethay, on the A38 near Burton, a judge at Stafford crown court heard.

The 41-year-old father of one and the family Labrador Oscar were flung in the air and over a hedge where they both died.

Butler failed to stop and help, instead taking his blood-stained Rover 25 to a garage. Before driving he had walked from Burton to Barton. Later the same morning he handed himself in at Lichfield police station and confessed.

The defendant was breath tested hours after the incident on December 14 last year and experts reckoned that at the time of the crash he was most likely to have been almost twice over the drink-drive limit.

Butler, 22, of Scotch Orchard, Lichfield admitted causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident.

Antonie Muller, defending, said: “He thought he was fine [to drive] because of the walking.”

He was also banned from driving for five years.

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