A drug-driver who crashed his car before running off and leaving his injured passengers in the wreck has been put behind bars.

Jordan Peter Hobson, 27 of Riverside View, Norton, drove along Scarborough Road, Norton with two young passengers on June 12, 2022 in his Toyota Corolla.

At the time he didn’t have a licence or insurance and was under the influence of cannabis and cocaine.

As he reached Brambling Fields junction, Hobson was travelling so fast that he crossed onto the opposite carriageway and crashed into a roundabout.

He fled the scene on foot, despite the two teenage passengers initially being trapped and suffering injuries.

Fortunately, they were able to get out of the car and were helped by passing members of the public.

Hobson was found hiding in undergrowth nearby by a police helicopter and was arrested by officers from North Yorkshire Police.

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A blood sample was taken from him which showed he was over twice the legal limit for cannabis and three times the limit for cocaine.

In August at Scarborough Magistrates Court, Hobson pleaded guilty to aggravate vehicle taking, drug driving, and driving without a licence or insurance.

At York Crown Court last Friday, Hobson was sentenced to 12 months in jail, and was banned from driving for three years and six months.

TC Mark Patterson, from our Roads Policing Group, said: “Every decision Hobson took that day was wrong.

“He got behind of the wheel of car without a driving licence – a car he was not authorised to drive anyway.

“He did so under the influence of drugs, and with two young passengers. And after the collision, he ran away and hid, rather than trying to help.

“Having seen the state of the car after the collision, I can honestly say it’s incredible that no one was more seriously injured.

“The outcome could have been very different.

“Our job is to keep people safe on the roads – to prevent road users being injured or worse through their own actions, or the actions of someone else.”

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