A drug driver from West Molesey whose whereabouts are unknown was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Adrian Miroslaw Wojciechowski, 29, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and three offences of causing serious injury by dangerous driving yesterday (November 21) after a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Mr Wojciechowski failed to attend the trial and was convicted in his absence.

Dorset Police who worked on the case said he was sentenced to 11 years in prison and banned from driving for 10 years, with the disqualification due to start when he has served his jail term.

Mr Wojciechowski was seen by witnesses driving a BMW on the A35 Puddletown bypass (Dorset) in July last year.

He was reportedly driving at speeds estimated as in excess of 100mph.

Police revealed that a blood sample taken from the West Molesey man revealed the presence of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol – a primary active component of cannabis – at a level of three microgrammes per litre of blood.

The legal limit is two microgrammes per litre of blood.

The BMW Mr Wojciechowski was driving ended up crashing with another vehicle – a Land Rover Freelander being driven by 49-year-old David Grant-Jones.

Mr Grant-Jones sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife Heather suffered serious injuries and was rushed to hospital.

Mr Wojciechowski and his two passengers were also injured and taken to hospital.

Following the sentencing, police described the West Molesey man's driving as "reckless" and said they were working to locate him and thus send him to prison.

"The reckless driving of Adrian Wojciechowski...has resulted in fatal consequences with a devastating impact on the family of Mr Grant-Jones.

"Nothing will make up for the loss of their loved one and I can only hope that the conviction at court today will in some way help them to move forward," Dorset Police's Sergeant Fern Graham said.

"We will continue to make enquiries to locate Wojciechowski so he can be apprehended and face justice for his actions," Sgt Graham added.