A DRINK-DRIVER who drove the wrong way up a motorway slip road in Cleckheaton has been jailed for more than nine years for causing the deaths of two friends from Thornhill Lees.
Taryl Moxam, 23, from Barlborough in Derbyshire, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to causing the deaths of dad-of-two Adam Afsar and Jason Wilby by dangerous driving on April 2 last year.
Police were called at 2.30am to a report of a collision at the top of the westbound exit slip road at Chain Bar, junction 26 of the M62.
Mr Afsar, 34, and Mr Wilby, 27, were travelling in a white Skoda Octavia which was hit head-on by a black Vauxhall Insignia driven by Moxam.
Moxam had travelled down nearby Whitehall Road then negotiated the Chain Bar roundabout in the wrong direction, before heading onto the motorway, driving the wrong way up the slip road towards oncoming traffic.
Both of the victims died at the scene.
Moxam failed a road-side breath test, with his blood alcohol level double the prescribed limit of 35 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of blood. He also tested positive for cannabis.
Moxam was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison at Bradford Crown Court yesterday afternoon (Thursday).
Det Sgt Carl Quinn, of the major collision enquiry team, said: “This was a tragic incident in which two men lost their lives.
“The deaths of Mr Afsar and Mr Wilby were completely preventable. Moxam’s actions that day were nothing less than absurd, his senseless decision to get behind the wheel and drive resulted in utter devastation for the families of these two young men, tragically cutting their lives short.
“No sentence will ever be enough for their families, however I hope the result of today’s hearing offers some comfort to Adam and Jason’s loved ones. This upsetting case highlights the dreadful consequences that driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs can have.”