Mum has emergency C-section after head-on smash with drugged-up drink-driver

A pregnant woman needed an emergency C-section after a head-on-smash with a drink and drug driver. Now Sean Matthews has been jailed following the horror smash which left the mum with 'extensive injuries'.

Emergency services had rushed to Burton's Horninglow Road North where the 36-year-old had swerved onto the wrong side of the road and ploughed into a car. Among the four occupants of that vehicle was a woman who was 36 weeks pregnant.

Staffordshire Police say she had suffered 'extensive injuries' which included a dislocated hip and deep cut to her knee. Because of the collision she had to undergo an emergency caesarean section 'in order to ensure the safe birth of the child'.

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Police say Matthews, of Burton, was 'driving at speed' before the crash in March last year. He went on to plead guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, along with both drink and drug driving.

The defendant appeared at Stafford Crown Court on May 7 where he was handed a 34-month jail term. Officers have paid tribute to the bravery shown by those injured in last year's collision.

PC Luke O'Gorman, who investigated the case, said: "I hope that the news of this result acts as a reminder to all, of just how quickly things can change when people choose to drive whilst under the influence of drink and drugs.

“Having investigated this case I am aware of the monumental impact this has had on the victims of this collision. The occasion of having your first child should be a celebration and a memory of joy. Unfortunately, as a result of this incident this has instead been an occasion filled with trauma and fear, leading to numerous difficulties in the following year. The way these victims have responded is something that they should be extremely proud of, and I hope that this result offers a sense of reassurance and closure.”

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