A drunk Zimbabwean driver who crashed into another car while trying to do a U-turn has been jailed in the UK.

Moses Khombe  (41) attempted to do a U-turn across three lanes of traffic on a motorway, causing a serious accident which left several people with injuries. He appeared at Preston Crown Court where he was jailed for two years and eight months.

He was also handed a driving ban of four years and five months and was told he must take an extended retest.

The court heard how Khombe, of Lake View, Dunstable, had been drinking with a friend in Stoke-on-Trent on March 15 before the incident took place. When Khombe’s blood was tested for alcohol following the collision it was found to contain 203mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood. The legal limit is 80mgs of alcohol.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving and drink-driving.

PC Jez Robbins, of Lancashire Police’s TacOps team, said: “Khombe decided to get behind the wheel knowing he would have been well over the drink-drive limit. After going the wrong way he pulled onto the hard shoulder before making the decision to do a U-turn across three lanes of traffic. He caused a crash which seriously injured three people, caused injuries to a fourth person and put countless others in other vehicles at risk.

“Khombe’s actions were reckless, selfish and stupid and it is no exaggeration to say someone could have been killed that night. As it is, the four people in the Vauxhall have been left with both physical and mental injuries which will potentially stay with them for years to come.