Drug-impaired dad crashes van into Fenland River injuring son

Drug-impaired dad crashes van into Fenland River injuring son
Drug-impaired dad crashes van into Fenland River injuring son

A father who crashed his van into a river and seriously injured his son while under the influence of drugs has been convicted.

Bruno Pereira, 35, lost control of the van in Whittlesey Road, Benwick, near the junction with Chase Road, at around 10.15am on February 8, 2020.

The van struck an embankment, rolled onto its roof and landed in the River Nene.

Flashback: Her nine-year-old boy was critically ill in hospital after Pereira’s van plunged into the river at Benwick.

Pereira managed to free himself from the van but his then nine-year-old son became stuck and submerged underwater.

People stopped at the scene to help and entered the water, forcing the door open and freeing the child from the seat belt.

He received CPR until an ambulance arrived who then took him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Pereira provided a positive sample for cannabis and cocaine after a drug wipe test was performed and admitted he had used cannabis the night before at around 9 p.m.

He was arrested on suspicion of driving over a specified drug limit and a blood test revealed that the level of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, was off the scale.

Her son stayed in the hospital for 10 days after the accident and made a full recovery.

At Cambridge Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday), Pereira, of Ratcliffe Court, Peterborough, received a 21-month sentence suspended for two years after pleading guilty to causing serious bodily harm by dangerous driving and driving under the influence drug.

He was also banned from driving for 30 months and ordered to retake his exam.

PC Peter Smith, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘It was a shocking incident which could have killed both Pereira and his son.

“Hopefully that was a huge wake-up call for him.

“It also highlights once again the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs.”

More than 460 drivers suspected of alcohol or drugs have been arrested in Cambridgeshire so far this year as police warn motorists of the risks of driving under the influence.

Last week a campaign was launched to warn that drunk driving or drugged driving can destroy lives and it is not just the driver who is at risk.

You can report a drunk driver via Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s confidential hotline: 0800 032 0845. If anyone is in immediate danger, always call 999.

For more information on drunk driving or drugged driving, the law and the dangers it can cause, visit the page dedicated to drunk driving.



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