The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed that they have discontinued the charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving against 31-year-old Ben Entwistle following a road traffic collision on Briddlesford Road in June.
As previously reported by Island Echo, Mr Entwistle was arrested and later charged with numerous offences following a serious crash between 2 vehicles. The incident left local woman Becky Wall, 28, fighting for her life.
Entwistle appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on 15th July and was remanded in custody to return before the Crown Court this Monday (12th August). However, the court appearance was cancelled as a result of the CPS discontinuing the prosecution against him, pending further enquiries.
The action has been described as a temporary postponement of proceedings. It has been confirmed that Mr Entwistle did not appear at Magistrates Court on Tuesday for the other, less serious charges either.
A CPS spokesperson has told Island Echo:
“The decision to discontinue the charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving was made to allow the police to carry further investigative work.
“The CPS has requested that the police carry out further enquiries and when these have been completed the case will be re-reviewed in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
“The discontinuance process allows the prosecution to halt prosecutions at an early stage with a view to reinstating the same at a later date if the Code for Crown Prosecutors is met.”
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A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:
“Following a decision by the CPS, court proceedings have been temporarily postponed at this time while further enquiries take place.
“Please be reassured that this case remains ongoing. We continue to work with the CPS and the 31-year-old man who was arrested and charged in relation to this case remains under investigation at this time”.
Mr Entwistle has been released under investigation in relation to this incident but remains in prison on other matters.
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