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Motorist jailed for drink driving after heading wrong way on A14


By Gemma Gardner


A man put lives at risk by driving the wrong way along the A14 and only came to a stop after hitting a lorry.

Narendran Paramanathan, 47, of Worcester Avenue, Hardwick, has been jailed for drink driving after heading the wrong way on the A14 (12891049)
Narendran Paramanathan, 47, of Worcester Avenue, Hardwick, has been jailed for drink driving after heading the wrong way on the A14 (12891049)

Police received multiple reports Narendran Paramanathan, 47, of Worcester Avenue, Hardwick was driving his Lexus on the wrong carriageway of the road near Boxworth at 12.30am on Christmas Eve last year.

The court heard that he had attended a party in Fenstanton where he had become intoxicated and left around 11pm.

He eventually collided with a lorry at low speed after the driver had seen his car and stopped.

The lorry driver then manoeuvred his vehicle so that Paramanathan’s car was pinned against a crash barrier.

At Cambridge Crown Court on Friday (21 June), Paramanathan pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and drink driving and was sentenced to 10 months in prison, disqualified from driving for three years and five months and ordered to pay £425 costs.

PC Sara Rose said: “Paramanathan endangered the lives of other road users and, although no one was hurt, it could have easily been a different story.

“Driving under the influence is unacceptable and we will continue to do everything we can to make the roads safer.

“We would ask people to help us by reporting anyone they believe drink drives so we can ensure they are dealt with.”

If you wish to report drink driving, we operate a dedicated, confidential hotline for members of the public to call and report those driving under the influence of drink and drugs.

The hotline - 0800 032 0845 - is available 24/7, and gives you the opportunity to supply us with information to help reduce the number of drink drivers on our roads. For more information about drink driving, the law and the dangers it can cause, visit: www.cambs.police.uk/drinkdrugdriving



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