June 8, 2022, 2:25 p.m. | Updated: June 8, 2022, 2:31 PM
WARNING: HARMFUL CONTENT
This is the heartbreaking moment a drunk driver slammed into the back of a motorcyclist on the A3.
Footage released by Surrey Police with the victim’s permission shows the driver speeding along Route A at over 80mph before slamming into the biker’s back.
The driver, Nuno Ferreira, 45, of Silo Drive in Godalming, was arrested at the scene and a breathalyzer revealed he had 105mg of alcohol per 100ml in his systems – 25mg over the limit legal 80 mg per 100 ml.
The rider was left with a broken back and deep cuts to his elbow following the crash near Thursley in Surrey last year, police said.
Ferreira was sentenced to 30 months in jail and banned from driving for four years at Guildford Crown Court on May 26.
Footage shows the motorcyclist, who was riding in the middle of the road and had a clearly visible red light on the back of the bike, was knocked into the windscreen of the car before being thrown forward.
The driver slides along the road and tumbles several times before coming to a stop only a few meters in front of the car.
The video shows the bike disappearing into the distance, creating sparks as it drags on the road surface.
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Constable Chris Nicholson of the Surrey Roads Police Unit, who investigated the case, said: “It was a traumatic incident for the victim, who suffered injuries that changed his life as a result of Ferreira’s selfish decision to drive drunk.
“I want to thank the victim for giving us permission to share this haunting footage to shine a light on the consequences of drink-driving.
“I would also like to remind the public that even if you think you’ve been drinking but feel fine to drive, you’re not.
“By getting in the car after drinking alcohol, you are not only putting your life at risk, but also the lives of innocent members of the public who are just passing their day. This is never acceptable.”
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