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Texting Driver Jailed After Smashing into Van

A lorry driver who was captured on camera using his mobile phone ahead of a dramatic collision in Sussex, England, was jailed on July 27.

The footage released by Sussex Police shows the moment the vehicle driven by 59-year-old Derek Holland crashed in a van on August 10, 2020.

Police said Holland was sentenced to three and a half years in jail.

“The collision involved a security van which had broken down in lane one of the westbound dual carriageway,” police said, giving details of the incident. "The three occupants – the driver, a prison escort and a prisoner, all sustained injuries.

“Holland was subsequently arrested and charged with dangerous driving, and three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

“In interview, he admitted his behaviour was ‘atrocious’.

“Holland pleaded guilty to all four charges and appeared before Hove Crown Court on Tuesday 27 July, where he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment.

“He was also disqualified from driving for 57 months and must take an extended re-test if he wishes to drive again.”

Police said officers reviewed footage captured by cameras inside Holland’s vehicle and found “42 separate incidents of very poor driving.” Credit: Sussex Police via Storyful