A TEENAGER has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after he admitted killing his friend in a 90mph death-crash in Papplewick.
Jake Fretwell (19), pictured, was driving a stolen Vauxhall Vectra at dangerous speeds along Forest Lane on Monday May 9 last year when he lost control of the car.
The vehicle left the road and crashed into bales of hay. Fretwell’s friend and passenger, 18-year-old Kyle Dooley, was killed.
Dawn Pritchard (prosecuting) told Nottingham Crown Court that police were alerted to the vehicle when it ran through a red light on the A60 near Burnt Stump Hill in Arnold.
When police turned into Forest Lane, they saw debris in the road and the car on fire in a field on top of hay bales. They rescued the pair from the vehicle but Mr Dooley, of Top Valley, died at the scene.
Fretwell, of Edern Gardens, Top Valley, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for five years.
Fretwell also admitted driving while disqualified, stealing the car and handling a bronze bell stolen from St Philip’s Church, in Top Valley, in April 26 last year.
A charge of burglary relating to the theft of the Vectra from a house in Redhill on the same night of the crash had been dropped prior to Fretwell’s last court appearance in December.
The court heard that Fretwell himself was so severely injured in the crash that his heart stopped three times and he spent two months in a coma.
Michael Evans (defending) said: “He didn’t intend for it to happen. If he could turn back the clock, he would.”
But Judge Andrew Hamilton told Fretwell: “You really were determined that you were going to outrun the police. I have no doubt it was great fun, but great fun that turned into horrendous tragedy.”
After the sentencing, Mr Dooley’s mum, Zoe, said: “Everyone who knew Kyle loved him, and his death has left us devastated. Jake Fretwell and Kyle were friends and although we cannot entirely blame Jake for everything that happened on that night, he was the one who was behind the wheel of the car.
“Jake has admitted that he drove so dangerously on that night that that was the cause of Kyle’s death, and Jake has to pay for that by serving a prison sentence.
“We are having to live our lives without our beloved Kyle, but we do at least have wonderful memories of his time with us.”
At the sentencing, the two officers who pulled both men from the car — PCs John Gilman and Mark Szeremeta — were commended by the judge for their bravery and each awarded £250.
The Vectra was not being pursued by police at the time of the crash but the case was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Head of Nottinghamshire road-policing unit, Det Chief Insp Andy Hall, said: “Our officers were quickly on the scene and did their best to try and save the life of Kyle Dooley. Sadly, his injuries were so serious that he could not be revived.
“Jake Fretwell may be starting a prison sentence, but he is at least fortunate to still be alive given the impact of the crash.
“That the judge felt moved to commend two officers today for their bravery in pulling Kyle and Jake Fretwell free from the vehicle underlines just how severe the crash was.”