Drink driver jailed for killing friend in horror smash after driving at 100mph in Snapchat video

A DRINK driver who killed his friend in a horror smash after driving at 100mph in a Snapchat video is now behind bars.

Meirion Roberts, 26, had been enjoying drinks with colleagues when he decided to get behind the wheel of his white Vauxhall Corsa.

Meirion Roberts has been jailed for seven and a half yearsCredit: PA

Lewis Morgan suffered severe head trauma and died at the scene

Lewis Morgan suffered severe head trauma and died at the sceneCredit: WNS

Roberts was seen drinking while driving in a Snapchat video

Roberts was seen drinking while driving in a Snapchat videoCredit: PA

A court heard he picked up fellow worker Lewis Morgan, 20, before speeding through the streets and crashing into a telegraph pole.

Mr Morgan suffered severe head trauma in the smash and died at the scene in the village of Blaenau, South Wales.

A court heard Roberts was earlier captured in Snapchat videos on the night while he drank from a bottle of alcohol while driving.

The footage also included the car’s speedometer which showed it was being driven at up to 100mph.

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Prosecutor Carina Hughes said Roberts and victim Mr Morgan were with friends eating and drinking at the Cottage Inn near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire.

She said: “By 6pm the group had consumed five or six pints with their meal.”

The court heard the pair worked together at Fine-Edge Construction Ltd before the crash in December 2020.

Company director Philip Jones said the firm had booked two tables at The Cottage Inn for a three hour stay.

He said he and his employees drank “five or six pints with our food” – and added that Roberts drank cider.

Mr Jones said: “Roberts and I were the last to leave. Roberts said his girlfriend was picking him up but she went to the wrong pub.

“When I left he was on his phone and appeared to be sorting out his lift. I found out the next morning that Mr Morgan had died and that Roberts was driving.

“I have no idea how they came to be in that car – there was no reason for Roberts to be driving.

“If I had known he was even considering driving I would have taken the keys off him. It’s really tragic news and it’s had a massive effect on us all.”

The court heard Roberts was spotted on CCTV after 8pm when he went into to a Bargain Booze store to buy alcohol.

The car was later seen “speeding and swerving” in a 30mph zone through village streets before it flipped on its roof.

The court heard speed investigators estimated the car was travelling up to 48mph when it crashed.

Roberts gave an alcohol reading of 54mg per 100ml of blood – the legal limit being 80 – more than five hours after the smash.

Dr Paul Williams, an expert in breath alcohol analysis, said that he calculated that Roberts’ alcohol level would have been over the limit when the collision occurred.

Prosecutor Miss Hughes said: “Roberts not only drove while under the influence of alcohol but drove while consuming alcohol. He drove at speed and at one point in excess of the speed limit for over a mile. At one point he drove at 100mph.

“He could not control his vehicle and that is why he was seen swerving on more than one occasion. The defendant fell far below what would be expected of a careful and competent driver.”

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Roberts, of Ammanford, South Wales, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was jailed for seven and half years by Judge Christopher Vosper QC.

Roberts was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving

Roberts was found guilty of causing death by dangerous drivingCredit: PA

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