A DRIVER has been charged with ten offences after a crash in Leigh left a woman seriously injured.

Leon Turner, 20, will appear at magistrates’ court following the London Road smash where officers were forced to close the road for almost 12 hours.

The crash took place near the junction of Leigh Road, near Chalkwell Primary School.

Turner has now been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drug-driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision, failing to report a collision and failing to stop for police.

He has also been charged with driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance, failing to give driver details, possession of cocaine and possession of cannabis.

Witnesses described mayhem in the early hours of the morning as the emergency services flooded the main road after the crash at about 1.15am on Tuesday, November 27 last year.

Police officers had attempted to stop a Ford Fiesta in Sutton Road earlier that night before the car crashed on London Road.

Firefighters had to be called to the scene to free a woman from the car before she was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. The nature of her injuries have not been disclosed by the police.

The crash caused traffic problems as the road was closed for forensic examination.

The cordon was lifted shortly just before midday.

Turner, of no fixed address, is due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Monday, August 19.