Norwich City footballer Flynn Clarke has been jailed for 12 months after injuring six people in a head-on collision.
Clarke, 20, was driving a black BMW sports car on April 30, 2022, when he crashed head-on into a camper van on the A47 westbound before another car crashed into the behind the camper.
The Scotland U21 international suffered minor injuries along with two 19-year-old male passengers traveling with him. Two other 19-year-old men sitting in the back of the car were seriously injured.
The driver of the van, a 59-year-old man, suffered serious injuries while his front passenger, a 60-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries. A witness said Clarke was driving “erratic” before the crash, weaving in and out of lanes while the occupants of his car appeared distracted.
Nitrogen oxide canisters, also known as hippie cracks, were found in the BMW and there were no problems with the vehicle or the road surface, with weather conditions considered favorable for the proceeding .
Clarke, who joined National League side Dagenham & Redbridge on loan from Norwich earlier this month, was jailed at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday, after pleading guilty to three counts of criminal damage serious injury due to dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for 30 months.
PC Alex Thomas, of the Roads Policing Unit, said:
“Clarke drove extremely stupidly that day and caused an unnecessary accident that injured six people, including four of his friends. The outcome could have been much worse.
“I hope he has learned his lesson from seeing the consequences of such dangerous driving.”
Clarke played 11 times for Peterborough United’s first team after coming through the youth ranks at Posh before joining Norwich for an undisclosed fee in 2021. He had a loan spell at Walsall last season before joining Enter Daggers in September.