Drink driver jailed for four-car crash in Patcham

Ashley Haulkham

Ashley Haulkham

First published in News

A car salesman whose drink driving caused a four-car crash in Patcham has been jailed for a year. 

Ashley Haulkham, 24, tried to fool detectives by fleeing the scene and reporting his car as stolen after the crash on the London Road on January 6 last year. 

His light blue BMW crashed into a parked Vauxhall Astra, which was shunted into a Ford Galaxy which in turn smashed into a Mini Cooper. 

The BMW's airbags were activated, but by the time police arrived shortly after 6am there was nobody in the car. 

Haulkham, of Ashington near Pulborough later called police to say it had been stolen from where he parked it in Mackie Avenue, Brighton, the night before.

But DNA on the airbags revealed he was lying. He was sentenced at Brighton Magistrates Court on December 20 to a year in prison for perverting the course of justice, six months for failing to report the accident and another six month for leaving the scene of an accident, which will both run concurrently with the year.

He was also disqualified for driving for a year after it was established that he had fled the scene due to being drunk while driving.

PC Alan Harris said: "Haulkham has rightly been sent to prison after he crashed his car and caused significant damage to three other vehicles.

"Not only did he leave the scene but he also reported his car as stolen to try and deceive the police that he had not been driving. He knowingly provided a false account to Sussex Police of what happened, to stop himself from having to deal with the consequences of his actions.

"Our investigations proved that Haulkham was driving that morning and a jury unanimously found him guilty of all three offences.

"This behaviour is unacceptable, Haulkham put peoples lives at risk when he decided to drive. We will always bring those committing offences to justice."

Comments (12)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:52pm Mon 6 Jan 14

LeonBIank666 says...

He looks so fat, I am surprised he squeezed into a car. Nonetheless, let's hope he has a 6ft6 cellmate called Bubba who has a liking of obese Patchamites and Cleveland steamrollers.
He looks so fat, I am surprised he squeezed into a car. Nonetheless, let's hope he has a 6ft6 cellmate called Bubba who has a liking of obese Patchamites and Cleveland steamrollers. LeonBIank666
  • Score: 9

6:01pm Mon 6 Jan 14

mtmoocher says...

Only a year ban - most of which he will be inside for!
Only a year ban - most of which he will be inside for! mtmoocher
  • Score: 20

6:03pm Mon 6 Jan 14

yourallnuts says...

LeonBIank666 wrote:
He looks so fat, I am surprised he squeezed into a car. Nonetheless, let's hope he has a 6ft6 cellmate called Bubba who has a liking of obese Patchamites and Cleveland steamrollers.
You seem to pretty much repeat the same comment when it comes to somebody going to jail Leon...are you speaking from experience?
[quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: He looks so fat, I am surprised he squeezed into a car. Nonetheless, let's hope he has a 6ft6 cellmate called Bubba who has a liking of obese Patchamites and Cleveland steamrollers.[/p][/quote]You seem to pretty much repeat the same comment when it comes to somebody going to jail Leon...are you speaking from experience? yourallnuts
  • Score: 8

8:46pm Mon 6 Jan 14

pithound says...

There are no juries in a Magistrates Court. This must have been a Crown Court. Sloppy journalism.
There are no juries in a Magistrates Court. This must have been a Crown Court. Sloppy journalism. pithound
  • Score: 8

10:01pm Mon 6 Jan 14

holly1977 says...

I think that he has been plucking his eyebrows! they look like they should join in the middle...guess we will find out when he comes out in a year! (or six months as no one ever does the actual time!)
I think that he has been plucking his eyebrows! they look like they should join in the middle...guess we will find out when he comes out in a year! (or six months as no one ever does the actual time!) holly1977
  • Score: 0

10:04pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Withdean-er says...

Seventh Circle wrote:
Thats harsh... does he deserve to be locked up for that.. there are far more deserving cases... appeal if i were him
It's the perverting the course of justice bit, that is punished heavily. Setting about creating a web of lies, once the incident happened, and thus also wasting valuable Police resources, is treated very seriously.

His vacant look, gives the game away - he just didn't have the intelligence or morals to tell the truth, or to pull off his brainless little story.
[quote][p][bold]Seventh Circle[/bold] wrote: Thats harsh... does he deserve to be locked up for that.. there are far more deserving cases... appeal if i were him[/p][/quote]It's the perverting the course of justice bit, that is punished heavily. Setting about creating a web of lies, once the incident happened, and thus also wasting valuable Police resources, is treated very seriously. His vacant look, gives the game away - he just didn't have the intelligence or morals to tell the truth, or to pull off his brainless little story. Withdean-er
  • Score: 6

10:45am Tue 7 Jan 14

Richada says...

Withdean-er wrote:
Seventh Circle wrote:
Thats harsh... does he deserve to be locked up for that.. there are far more deserving cases... appeal if i were him
It's the perverting the course of justice bit, that is punished heavily. Setting about creating a web of lies, once the incident happened, and thus also wasting valuable Police resources, is treated very seriously.

His vacant look, gives the game away - he just didn't have the intelligence or morals to tell the truth, or to pull off his brainless little story.
Amazes me that people are so stupid that they think they can fool the police like this in our modern day of DNA testing.
[quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seventh Circle[/bold] wrote: Thats harsh... does he deserve to be locked up for that.. there are far more deserving cases... appeal if i were him[/p][/quote]It's the perverting the course of justice bit, that is punished heavily. Setting about creating a web of lies, once the incident happened, and thus also wasting valuable Police resources, is treated very seriously. His vacant look, gives the game away - he just didn't have the intelligence or morals to tell the truth, or to pull off his brainless little story.[/p][/quote]Amazes me that people are so stupid that they think they can fool the police like this in our modern day of DNA testing. Richada
  • Score: 6

12:13pm Tue 7 Jan 14

IShouldoftriedharder says...

yourallnuts wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
He looks so fat, I am surprised he squeezed into a car. Nonetheless, let's hope he has a 6ft6 cellmate called Bubba who has a liking of obese Patchamites and Cleveland steamrollers.
You seem to pretty much repeat the same comment when it comes to somebody going to jail Leon...are you speaking from experience?
Just because the this gentleman fantasies about meeting aggressive men in small prison cells doesn't mean he's actually experienced it. That's not t say he doesn't want to though.
[quote][p][bold]yourallnuts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: He looks so fat, I am surprised he squeezed into a car. Nonetheless, let's hope he has a 6ft6 cellmate called Bubba who has a liking of obese Patchamites and Cleveland steamrollers.[/p][/quote]You seem to pretty much repeat the same comment when it comes to somebody going to jail Leon...are you speaking from experience?[/p][/quote]Just because the this gentleman fantasies about meeting aggressive men in small prison cells doesn't mean he's actually experienced it. That's not t say he doesn't want to though. IShouldoftriedharder
  • Score: 3

1:17pm Tue 7 Jan 14

JerryOnly says...

Seventh Circle wrote:
Thats harsh... does he deserve to be locked up for that.. there are far more deserving cases... appeal if i were him
Yes he does. Longer answer, yes he does AND has no business driving ever again. Lying scumbag idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Seventh Circle[/bold] wrote: Thats harsh... does he deserve to be locked up for that.. there are far more deserving cases... appeal if i were him[/p][/quote]Yes he does. Longer answer, yes he does AND has no business driving ever again. Lying scumbag idiot. JerryOnly
  • Score: 6

2:03pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Ambo Guy says...

Seventh Circle wrote:
Thats harsh... does he deserve to be locked up for that.. there are far more deserving cases... appeal if i were him
Hmmm again I'm seeing very amateurish and sloppy trolling at best here.

Try to not make it so obvious your trolling and try to add a bit more spark into what was a very boring remark.
[quote][p][bold]Seventh Circle[/bold] wrote: Thats harsh... does he deserve to be locked up for that.. there are far more deserving cases... appeal if i were him[/p][/quote]Hmmm again I'm seeing very amateurish and sloppy trolling at best here. Try to not make it so obvious your trolling and try to add a bit more spark into what was a very boring remark. Ambo Guy
  • Score: 0

6:53pm Tue 7 Jan 14

monkeymoo says...

So essentially he gets a 6 month stint inside at a cat D prison (ford?), and then a 6 month driving ban.

It costs 30k to keep someone in prison for 1 year.
The cost of CPS, DNA testing, Police overtime, car repairs, insurance, vehicle recovery,legal aid?

This idiot just cost the taxpayer a pretty little sum for a the sake of being a fat lazy drunkard!
Well done,
Im sure it was worth it.
So essentially he gets a 6 month stint inside at a cat D prison (ford?), and then a 6 month driving ban. It costs 30k to keep someone in prison for 1 year. The cost of CPS, DNA testing, Police overtime, car repairs, insurance, vehicle recovery,legal aid? This idiot just cost the taxpayer a pretty little sum for a the sake of being a fat lazy drunkard! Well done, Im sure it was worth it. monkeymoo
  • Score: 8

10:32am Wed 8 Jan 14

Seventh Circle says...

Ambo Guy wrote:
Seventh Circle wrote:
Thats harsh... does he deserve to be locked up for that.. there are far more deserving cases... appeal if i were him
Hmmm again I'm seeing very amateurish and sloppy trolling at best here.

Try to not make it so obvious your trolling and try to add a bit more spark into what was a very boring remark.
Try to get a life and try to live, you odious, know-all cretin
[quote][p][bold]Ambo Guy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seventh Circle[/bold] wrote: Thats harsh... does he deserve to be locked up for that.. there are far more deserving cases... appeal if i were him[/p][/quote]Hmmm again I'm seeing very amateurish and sloppy trolling at best here. Try to not make it so obvious your trolling and try to add a bit more spark into what was a very boring remark.[/p][/quote]Try to get a life and try to live, you odious, know-all cretin Seventh Circle
  • Score: -2

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree