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Drink-driver jailed for causing deaths of teenagers

A Lincoln man has been jailed for causing the deaths of two 19-year-olds just before Christmas last year.

Matthew Jacobs had spent several hours drinking at a work Christmas party before he got behind the wheel of a company car.

He was driving southbound on the A46 Lincoln bypass in the early hours of December 22, between the Carholme and Skellingthorpe roundabouts, when his car crashed into a the back of a stationary Ford Mondeo parked in a lay-by.

Alex Ross and Siân Chambers, who were asleep in the back of the vehicle, died as a result of their injuries.

Jacobs fled from the scene but, following a search by police, was found around four hours later close to his home.

At Lincoln Crown Court today (March 11) Jacobs, of Lindholme Road, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving; driving a motor vehicle while over the prescribed limit; and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

He was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment and was banned from driving for four years.

The families of Alexander and Siân had previously paid tribute to them.

Detective Sergeant Alison Bowley, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “No sentence could ever reflect the tragic loss and pain caused by the actions of Matthew Jacobs.

“He chose to get into a car in a drunken state and drive home.  He then chose to leave the scene and was arrested by police several hours later. 

“I hope that this is a reminder for anyone who drives a vehicle when they have consumed alcohol to stop, think and find a safe means to travel home.  

“We have worked extremely hard on this case to get justice for Siân, Alex and their families. Our thoughts are with them at this tragic time.”

11 Mar 19 5:53 PM

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