Orpington killer jailed after driving wrong way on the M20
PUBLISHED: 12:19 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:19 19 October 2017
He was found to have more than double the legal alcohol limit in his system
A drunk driver who killed one of his closest friends while heading the wrong way along the M20 has been jailed.
Christopher Clement was twice the legal alcohol limit when CCTV captured him driving the wrong way down the motorway on March 4 this year.
His Toyota Corolla was spotted between junctions three for West Malling and four, Leybourne, at around 3am.
Soon after, Clement collided with a Volkswagen Touareg, which had been travelling in the right direction.
Mohammed Chowdhury, who had been best man at Clement’s wedding, was in the passenger seat of the Toyota and died at the scene.
Analysis showed the 31-year-old, former Warnham Grove, Orpington resident’s had 169 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
The legal limit is 80 milligrams.
Traces of cannabis were also detected in his blood and although levels were below the legal limit he admitted to consuming the drug prior to driving.
Clement would later admit to causing death by dangerous driving at Maidstone Crown Court.
On Wednesday, October 18, he was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.
He also received a five year and eight month driving ban, and will have to take an extended retest to drive again.
Police constable Chris Oliver-Jones of Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Christopher Clement should never have been behind the wheel of a car.
“After the collision witnesses told us he wasn’t aware he had been driving the wrong way on the motorway. Driving under the influence of either drink or drugs not only devastates the lives of victims and relatives, but also ruins the lives of offenders. In this instance Clement’s reckless actions have resulted in the death of a young man who had his whole life in front of him. “I only hope today’s outcome provides some comfort to his family.
“I hope this sentence also serves as a warning to anyone who is under the influence of alcohol and is considering getting behind the wheel. It simply isn’t worth the risk. Mistakes like this cost lives and I’d like to reassure the public that we will do absolutely everything within our power to bring offenders to justice.”