Drink-driver is jailed after hit and run crash

Drink-driver Robert Foster who was jailed for two years after failing to stop after mowing down an off duty police officer.  Leicestershire Police
Drink-driver Robert Foster who was jailed for two years after failing to stop after mowing down an off duty police officer. Leicestershire Police
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A drink-driver who failed to stop after he mowed down an off-duty police officer as he 
cycled home has been jailed for two years.

Robert Foster, 49, left the police sergeant bleeding on the pavement after he smashed his car into the officer’s hybrid bike on Little Casterton Road in Stamford.

In a moving victim impact statement, which he read out in court, the officer described how he believed that he was going to die and began saying goodbye to his children.

Lincoln Crown Court heard on Monday the officer, who was not named in court, can no longer serve on front line duties after suffering multiple injuries including a broken leg, a broken wrist and a deep cut to his forehead.

The court was told Foster had drunk half a bottle of wine before the crash and continued to drink at home after driving off from the scene.

Police quickly tracked Foster down after debris from his car was left by the road.

When Foster was breath tested a back-calculated result estimated he was over one and half times above the legal drink-drive limit.

But during interview Foster claimed he heard a “bang” and thought he had hit the “kerb or something.”

Foster, of Northhumberland Avenue, Stamford, later pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to the officer by dangerous driving on Saturday, September 10, last year.

He also admitted failing to stop after an accident and driving over the prescribed limit.

Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, said the officer was cycling home at around 8pm after a couple of drinks at a local pub when he noticed Foster’s car make a “sharp deviation” around a parked car.

“It drove straight at him, he estimated it was above the 30mph speed limit.”

Mr Outhwaite said the officer moved to the very side of the road but then felt an “almighty smash” which spun him around in the air.

In his victim impact statement the officer, who has served for over a decade, admitted: “Being left like road kill, without a thought, has left me upset.”

Derek Johashen, mitigating, admitted Foster had a problem with alcohol.

He said: “Mr Foster is very sorry for what he did. He left the scene and he drank alcohol when he got home.”

Passing a two year jail sentence, Judge Simon Hirst told Foster his victim had been wearing reflective armbands and had switched on his bike lights.Foster was also banned from driving for four years and must take an extended retest.

Speaking after the hearing the officer, who did not wish to be named, said he was pleased with the sentence.

He said: “As a police officer it is important to me that the judicial system is seen to be effective, and in this case it was.

“I would like to thank the local police in Stamford for their tenacity and quick detective work without which Foster could have been undetected until he had sobered up. The four-year driving ban keeps a dangerous individual with an alcohol problem off the roads.”