Lorry driver Danny Warby has been sentenced to six years in prison. Picture: Terry Harris.

A lorry driver from Runcton Holme has been jailed for six years for causing a crash which killed a police officer.

Danny Warby, of School Road, was sentenced at Huntingdon Law Court on Monday after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving at a hearing last month.

The 28-year-old was also banned from driving for ten years.

During a seven-day trial in August, the court heard Warby had been using his mobile phone and was also speeding on the A141 at Wyton, near Huntingdon.

His lorry collided with DC Sharon Garrett’s  Renault Clio, another car and another lorry at 4.35pm on June 6 2014.

Warby had only been driving for two minutes before the crash, but had been using his mobile phone and responded to a text message, the court was told.

He denied the charge and his defence said he had been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea in 2015 and had experienced a ‘micro sleep’ at the wheel.

In a statement, the family of Sharon Garrett said: “The loss of Sharon has been the most devastating event in the life of our family. It has had an impact on so many people, and for so many reasons.”

“Sharon was a truly remarkable woman, warm, friendly, kind, generous, intelligent, strong and hard working.

“No sentencing can ever bring back Sharon, but it is our hope that the sentence passed will remind others that the simple act of using a mobile phone while driving can have such devastating consequences.”

PC Pete Bimson, who investigated the collision, said: “This was a tragic incident which claimed the life of a police officer. But the evidence heard in court showed it could have been avoided and emphasises the message that using a mobile phone at the wheel can have fatal consequences.”

DC Garrett, 48, joined the Cambridgeshire force  in 1991 and served in a number of roles across the force, most recently investigating complex fraud offences.