This is when police arrested the “drunkiest man he’s ever seen” after a horror attack that left a young woman dead.
Malcolm Waite climbed the curb in his Lexus RX SUV while traveling at high speed, knocking down two – a 16-year-old girl and 20-year-old Fenella Hawes who died at the scene of the crash.
Ms Hawes and the teenage girl – who suffered cuts and bruises – were walking home together after work when Waite hit them on the A149 Wayford Road in Stalham, Norwich, on July 31 this year. Local media reported that the 20-year-old was carrying flowers.
Police bodycam footage shows the moment a lanky Waite, sitting next to a bottle of vodka, was arrested following the break-in.
Waite, 68, has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. He has also been disqualified from driving for another seven years and told he must pass a mandatory driving test before he can drive again.
Malcolm Waite climbed the curb in his Lexus RX SUV while traveling at high speed, knocking down two – a 16-year-old girl and 20-year-old Fenella Hawes who died at the scene of the crash. Police bodycam footage shows the moment a lanky Waite was arrested following the break-in
Fenella Hawes, 20, was carrying sunflowers to give to her mother Margaret when she was killed by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run
A court was told that Waite had not stopped his car after hitting Mrs Hawes and the teenage girl, but instead drove another mile on the road before crashing into a sign, trees and bushes.
When officers arrived at the scene of the second accident, they found Waite in the driver’s seat, smelling of booze, but refusing to take a breath test. The drunk driver was arrested and taken to James Paget Hospital in Gorleston for examination.
While in custody at the Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre, Waite was recorded as having 120 micrograms of alcohol on his breath. Officers calculated that this would have been about 158 micrograms had they been ingested at the roadside after the accident. The legal limit is 35 micrograms per 100 milliliters.
PC Callum Walchester, who arrested Waite, said: ‘I’ve been a PC for 10 years and worked in the Highway Patrol for almost six years, and he was the drunkest person I’ve ever seen behind the wheel of a car.’
PC Callum Walchester, who arrested Waite at the scene, said: ‘I’ve been a PC for 10 years and spent almost six years in the road police, and he was the drunkest person I’ve ever seen behind the wheel of a car’
The police investigation found that Waite’s vehicle was not faulty and that the weather and road conditions were clear and good.
During police questioning, Waite declined to comment on every question.
In her personal victim impact statement, Fenella’s mother Margaret said, “Every day I sob, when I wake up, at random times throughout the day for no apparent reason and when I go to bed at night.
“I see her walking in front of me, so happy carrying sunflowers for me and then getting hit by the car. I sob because I will never see Fenella again, I will never see her shine again or hear her laugh, I will never talk to her about her day or her plans for the future, I will never help her cheer up when she is sad or gossip with her, I will never take long walks with her again… I will never be able to sit with her in front of our fire… it will never be the same again.
Fenella was a promising student who had studied natural sciences at Lancaster University, where she had received a scholarship to travel to Honduras. Police described her as a ‘remarkable young woman’
“I sob for the future she doesn’t have because a drunk man chose to get into a car knowing that this was a weapon that could kill someone, and sure enough, it killed my 20-year-old daughter.
“She was a young adult starting her life and her bright future was taken away in seconds by someone who didn’t think or didn’t care.
“I sob because she was so happy: she was so beautiful inside and out, she lived like this and now she’s not here and she never will be. I never had a chance to say goodbye.’
After the sentencing, Detective David McCormack of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said, “This is a tragedy and it was completely avoidable. I implore anyone who thinks it’s okay to have a drink and then drive, please remember the heartbreaking and devastating consequences of drunk driving that are so apparent in this case. Waite’s decision to drink and drive changed lives forever.
“The teenage girl who just walked home from work that day with Fenella is traumatized by what happened.
“Waite will have to live the rest of his life knowing that he took the life of a remarkable young woman who had so much to offer and a lot to achieve. He has caused so much pain to so many people.’