A drug driver has been jailed for killing a former police officer in a head-on crash the day after she had taken cocaine at a party.

Ian Wyle from Tedburn St Mary was killed after a drug driver from Bideford swerved into his motorcycle in May 2017.Ian Wyle from Tedburn St Mary was killed after a drug driver from Bideford swerved into his motorcycle in May 2017.

Sally Screech, 39, veered onto the wrong side of a country road at Beaford and hit motorcyclist Ian Wyle, who was a 64-year-old retired officer with Devon and Cornwall police and from Tedburn St Mary.

Exeter Crown Court heard she had taken cocaine with her boyfriend the night before but did not realise it may have affected her driving the next day.

She lost control of her Volvo on the A 3124 on May 27, 2017, and crossed onto the wrong side of the road on a corner before hitting Mr Wyle’s Triumph Bonneville 865 bike.

He died instantly after being thrown off the bike, which burst into flames in the middle of the road. Screech, who was taking her 13-year-old daughter and a friend home to Bideford, was also injured.

She had small amounts of cocaine and alcohol in her blood but the level of metabolised cocaine was almost four times the limit.

Texts on her phone showed she had planned to share champagne and cocaine with her boyfriend in Exeter during ‘a party weekend’.

An expert report said the drugs would have led to her experiencing fatigue, disorientation, and altered her reaction times and coordination.

She was jailed for two years and banned from driving for four by Judge Timothy Rose, who was read a heart-rending victim impact statement from Mr Wyle’s widow Lyn which described him as utterly selfless and said his death has left her ‘the loneliest person on the planet’.

Screech, of Chubb Road, admitted causing death by careless driving while above the prescribed limit for metabolites of cocaine.

The judge told her: “I have heard the very powerful victim impact statement about the profound loss experienced by Mr Wyle’s widow and others. It is clear and deeply moving. There is no sentence I can impose that can improve or alleviate their suffering.

“You decided to drive in the knowledge you had consumed cocaine the night before. Indeed, you drove much earlier that day. You put yourself at clear risk of being affected by your ingestion of cocaine.

“I consider it is to be an irresistible conclusion that you would have been affected by the ‘comedown’ with exhaustion, fatigue, disorientation, delayed reactions, lack of coordination and poor decision making.”

Peter Coombe, prosecuting, said the accident happened at around 3.10pm on a Saturday when Mr Wyle was returning from a motorcycle rally in Bideford and Screech was going the other way.

Her car was driving normally and below the speed limit until it went completely onto the wrong side of the road and hit Mr Wylie. Friend Keith Rigby, who was riding behind him, said he had no chance to avoid the car.

Messages on Screech’s phone sent or received between 3.37pm and 10.47pm the previous night showed her arranging to meet her boyfriend in Exeter to take drugs.

She said she had half a gram of cocaine and he sent messages asking her to try and get more. She gave police three different accounts, all saying she had taken drugs days earlier.

Mr Wyle’s widow said he had spent 30 years protecting the public while in the police and retired so he could look after his first wife, who died of multiple sclerosis.

He raised money for charity with the masons and had volunteered to carry blood for the NHS with the Devon Freewheelers group. He was a grandfather whose grandchildren knew him as Grumpy.

Nick Lewin, defending, said Screech has a lifelong history of helping others, including charity work in Romania, and has two children who will suffer if she is sent to jail.

He said she is so remorseful she has tried to take her own life since the accident and has vowed never to drive again.

He said any remaining effects on her judgment from the cocaine were like a hangover and that she did not realise there would be any effect on her driving.