Drink-driver jailed for killing Oadby student

A drink-driver who crashed into a student while trying to escape from Police has been jailed.

Paul Radcliffe, 18, died after being hit by a car being driven by Jagdip Dhesi in Oadby in the early hours of Saturday 19 January.

Dhesi, 30, admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Leicester Crown Court and was jailed for four years and eight months.

He was also banned from driving for six years and four months.

Police followed Dhesi’s vehicle after it was seen overtaking two other vehicles at speed, crossing onto their side of the road.

When they turned on their siren, Dhesi accelerated in an attempt to get away and found himself behind another Police car.

As he tried to overtake the second Police car, Dhesi collided with Mr Radcliffe, who was making his way to a bus stop with friends.

After colliding with the student, Dhesi continued to drive on, failing to stop and eventually abandoning his car two-and-a-half miles away.

The police stopped their pursuit and tried to help Mr Radcliffe, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the incident, officers noted the registration number of his car and Police went to his home address, where he was arrested on his return – around an hour after the collision occurred.

Dhesi was subsequently arrested and found to be over the drink-drive limit. He was later released on conditional bail.

Detective Sergeant Gary Haines, from Leicestershire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Dhesi had no intention of stopping for Police.”

“He knew he was over the drink-drive limit and therefore I believe he didn’t want to stop and thought that he could make good his escape. This decision proved to be fatal, resulting in an innocent young man losing his life.”

“I hope the fact that he admitted his crime – and has been given a custodial sentence – will provide a small amount of relief to Mr Radcliffe’s family, who are still coming to terms with their loss.”

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