Ipswich: ‘Menace’ Darrell Lambert given four months for pub crash

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Colin Adwent,
crime correspondent colin.adwent@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
9:00 PM

Driving menace Darrell Lambert has been jailed yet again after the car he was driving while disqualified careered into a north Essex pub causing extensive damage to the listed building.

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The 27-year-old, of Hawke Road, Ipswich, was convicted of driving while disqualified for at least the ninth time and drink-driving for at least the fourth time, after fleeing and leaving his seriously injured passenger in the BMW.

Last month he was sentenced to a total of 25 weeks’ imprisonment by Ipswich magistrates for a string of motoring offences including another drink-driving charge, theft, and breaching a suspended sentence.

These occurred between July and December - after Lambert smashed into the Kings Arms pub in Lawford, near Manningtree on June 12.

Today before Colchester magistrates jailed Lambert for a further four months his solicitor Sue Threadkell admitted: “May I accept from the outset his record is more than unenviable. On paper Mr Lambert is a deeply unattractive individual and I concede that point.”

Prosecutor Simon Bravery had previously told the court Lambert had lost control of the BMW on the A137. This led him to plough into a garden fence, the pub, and a telegraph pole, at around 5am.

His passenger Daniel Smith, the owner of the car, sustained broken bones in the crash and was left in the vehicle as Lambert made off.

Lambert was subsequently arrested at Manningtree railway station but needed treatment for injuries.

Lambert had pleaded not guilty to six offences at a hearing in December because he wanted to spend Christmas with his family, including his grandmother who was said to be in a very poorly condition.

Today Lambert admitted driving while disqualified, drink-driving, failing to stop or report an accident, driving with no insurance and careless driving.

A blood sample showed the level of alcohol in Lambert’s blood at the time was 171 milligrammes in 100 millilitres. The legal limit is 80mgs.

After Lambert’s sentencing Yvonne Phillips, who owns the King’s Arms with her husband, said: “It was just chaos. When we went out there was a hole in the wall, and the toilet was smashed and water was pouring through.

“Since then my husband has been in hospital as he’s had a heart attack. I am not saying this caused it, but it has exacerbated it.”

The couple have been left with a bill running into tens of thousands of pounds, the exact cost of which is still being assessed by the insurers.

Essex Police Insp Scott Egerton, added: “Darrell Lambert is a menace to the public. He had already been banned from driving and yet he drove again and while drunk on this occasion.”

13 comments

  • I certainly do support his quest for new teeth.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Lambo,Lambo Lambo

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • "On paper Mr Lambert is a deeply unattractive individual and I concede that point.” You can say that again.

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    Renegade

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Oh, to be an ignorant young chav with the IQ of a sponge.................

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    england1770

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • A great punishment - NOT ! If the Sentences don't get dramatically longer for this idiot he will kill people like another Nacton man did on foxhall road a few years ago . Stamp out the chance of this happening again by locking this idiot up for much longer , he will not stop doing it , he is a prolific offender who needs severe punishment

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • "Pretty Boy" Lambert. What a surprise.

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    PC Plod

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Funny that your papers will allow such comments about someone who appears to be at the bottom of the socio-economic pile but my comments in the past about the wealthy and the landowners after Court cases are rejected for the reason "other". Would "other" mean "we protect our chums"?

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Lee Davies - Do i take it you are a fan of his and applaud his actions ?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • The guy is a waste of oxygen, he needs sending down for a very long time before his exploits cause a death on the roads

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    equalibrium

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Thousands of pound worth of damage 4mths sentence which will mean just two mths is this justice?

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    pandy

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • This young lad should be looked after someone should care for him help him stop drinking so much, stop him driving with no insurance. Lock him up for 25 years better still don't let him back out.

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    rodney

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • A BMW. Ok say no more.

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    Newsmaster Excalibur

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • bottom feeder, bottom feeder, bottom feeder..

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    C Smith

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

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