Banned driver Darrell Lambert jailed for Kings Arms crash

The damage caused to the wall of the public house building in Lawford (left). The pub as it was (right). Image copyright Google
Image caption Damage was caused to the wall of the pub in Lawford (left)

A banned driver who crashed a car into an Essex pub while under the influence of alcohol has been jailed.

Darrell Lambert, 27, of Hawke Road, Ipswich, hit the Kings Arms in Lawford, near Colchester, in a BMW on 12 June, causing "extensive damage".

He admitted several offences at Colchester Magistrates' Court and was jailed for four months.

Insp Scott Egerton said Lambert, who had previously been banned from driving, was "a menace to the public".

Following the crash, Lambert ran away, leaving an injured passenger in the car.

Mr Egerton said when he was arrested, Lambert "denied being the driver".

"However, due to the tenacity of the investigating officer, he was left with no option but to plead guilty to the offences."

He added that "justice has been served."

Lambert was also banned from driving for five years and ordered to pay £300 compensation.