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Caught and in court
An Ebbw Vale man, who was driving while under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, has received a sentence of more than four years in prison.
Matthew Jones, 32, was sentenced on Wednesday 8 November at Newport Crown Court after pleading guilty to one count of while driving without due care and attention while unfit through drugs.
He was driving a Dacia Sandero which was involved in a road traffic collision on the A472 between Crumlin and Hafodyrynys at around 3.50am on Saturday 14 January.
Nuria Zamel Casino, 28, was the front seat passenger in the car and later died in hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.
PC Gerwyn Harris, the officer in case, said:
“Jones’ reckless and selfish actions highlight the real dangers of driving under the influence which has resulted in the death of young woman who had her whole life ahead of her.
“There are no excuses for deciding to drive after taking drugs - it can have devastating impact on others as seen in this case.
"Our thoughts continue to be with Nuria’s family at this time.
"If you suspect someone is driving under the influence of drink or drug, you could help save a life and you can report this to us by calling 101 or sending us a direct message on social media.
"If the crime is taking place or it is an emergency, always call 999.
“You can also anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
He was sentenced to four years and four months in prison and disqualified from driving for eight years and two months.
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