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14th Jun 2022

Driver who downed 28 drinks after bottomless brunch binge jailed after hitting pedestrian

Steve Hopkins

Police said Michael Marsden showed ‘no remorse’ and even joked about the collision with mates

A drink driver who downed 11 cocktails, 15 shots and two pints of beer before getting behind the wheel has been jailed after causing life-changing injuries to a pedestrian.

Michael Marsden necked 11 cocktails at a bottomless brunch event in Guildford, Surrey on June 4 last year, before continuing on to a number of pubs in Aldershot, Hampshire, in his BMW. There, the 23-year-old drank another 15 shots and two pints of lager.

In the early hours of the following morning Marsden hit 21-year-old Angel Taylor as she walked home, causing horrific injuries that resulted in her losing her leg.

Taylor’s life was only saved when a police superintendent and a paramedic who were both off-duty applied a tourniquet to prevent blood loss.

Marsden fled the scene, returning home to Farnham.

When police tracked him down his car was missing a wing mirror and his bumper was cracked.

Marsden claimed he had hit an animal in foggy weather, but police did not believe him and he was arrested.

Phone records showed Marsden had been looking at Surrey Police’s website the day after hitting Taylor on Farnham Bypass and he had messaged friends about it.

On Friday, he admitted hitting Taylor at Guildford Crown Court and was jailed for three years and banned from driving for four years.

Detective Constable Rick Edwards, said in a statement that Marsden had shown “no remorse for what he has done and has even been witnessed mocking the collision amongst his friends”.

Edwards, however, had shown “immense bravery” and “I hope that this result gives her some closure and allows her to move forward with her life”.

He added: “It was extremely lucky that superintendent Adam Smith was driving past at that moment and he, along with the paramedics involved, saved the young victims life.”

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