Sergeant crashed car into pole

A TECH sergeant from RAF Lakenheath crashed his prized Chevrolet into a telegraph pole as he swerved to avoid a deer, a court heard.

Ryan Samuel, 20, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court last week, admitting that he had been travelling at about 55mph in a 30mph zone in Flempton Road, Lackford.

David Cason, prosecuting, said that in a police interview Samuel had said that he had been returning to the base after dropping friends in Bury when a deer ran out in front of his car.

As he swerved to avoid the deer he lost control of the car and crashed into a telegraph pole.

Nick Wray, in mitigation, said that Samuel had suffered head injuries in the crash and phoned a colleague who came to collect him. Neither of them knew what was the best thing to do in the situation so reported the incident to their staff sergeant after returning to RAF Lakenheath.

Samuel had his licence endorsed with five points received a £130 fine and was told to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.