Eastbourne crash victim nearly twice legal drink limit

The scene of the accident last December
The scene of the accident last December

A 31-year-old man who died after his BMW left the road on Paradise Drive had enjoyed three pints with friends earlier that evening.

An inquest into the death of Alex Inglis took place at Eastbourne Magistrates Court today (June 9).

Coroner Alan Craze was told Mr Inglis, a stocks and shares trader who lived in Summerdown Road, failed to negotiate the right-hand bend on the dark road back on December 28, 2015, just after 8pm.

PC Andrew Slark, crash investigator, told the inquest the black convertible BMW 650 had been airborne when it ‘rolled and tumbled’ hitting a flint wall, tree and kerb stones.

PC Slark said, “There was rollover damage to most body panels and the windscreen was crushed.”

He told Mr Craze the car was maintained and in reasonable order and the crash was down to the actions of Mr Inglis, who had a blood alcohol level of 151mg in 100ml of blood – nearly twice the legal drink-drive limit of 80mg.

Dr Peter Dickens, a friend of Mr Inglis, said he had enjoyed a few drinks at The Lamb in Old Town during the early evening with Mr Inglis. He said Mr Inglis had three pints of beer while they were at the pub. Dr Dickens, also of Summerdown Road, said he believed Mr Inglis probably went out in his car to get some food.

It is believed Mr Inglis was travelling above the speed limit, as a police officer attempted to stop him in Devonshire Place several minutes before the fatal crash, but he sped off.

PC Alex Blaber, told the coroner, “I was on patrol by the theatres. I was doing 30mph but saw the black BMW accelerate away so I went to pull the car over to talk to the driver about his speed.”

He said Mr Inglis failed to respond and pull over to begin with, but then did stop in a lay-by.

PC Blaber said, “I assumed he was looking for a safe place to stop. I got out the car but as I approached on foot he sped off.”

PC Blaber was unable to follow Mr Inglis but later found his rolled car on Paradise Drive.

Adam Haneche was driving along Paradise Drive that night when Mr Inglis overtook him.

He said, “It was uphill and my little car was struggling a bit, so I was doing just under 30mph and he overtook me.

“There are no streetlights on that road but I could see his tail lights ahead and then I heard a bang.”

Mr Inglis died at the scene. Mr Craze recorded a verdict of road traffic collision.

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