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Inquest into two young men's deaths hears crash driver was almost twice drink drive limit

The driver of a high-performance car that was pursued by police officers minutes before it crashed and killed two passengers was almost twice the drink drive limit, an inquest heard.

William Craddock

William Craddock and driver Kaya Morrison-Taylor, both aged 22, and from Walsall, died after the Audi S3 left the A460 Cannock Road, in Westcroft near Essington at about 3.50am on August 1, 2021. Mr Craddock, known as Will, of Newhome Way, in Harden, was in the rear.

The jury inquest at County Buildings, in Stafford, heard that provisional licence holder Mr Morrison-Taylor, of Westbrook Avenue, in Aldridge, had 144 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in his system. The limit is 80.

The hearing was told that nine deals of cocaine and crack cocaine, medical tablets used to counter steroids and small helium cannisters were found in the car.

Giving evidence on Thursday, Sergeant Pete Harris of Staffordshire Police's road policing unit said officers involved in high-speed pursuits were expected to act within training policies taking into account road conditions, safety and reasons for their actions.

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