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Shocking 999 call after cyclist is left dying in the road by drink driver

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The shocking 999 calls a drink driver made after killing a cyclist have been released by Thames Valley Police.

Maria Sutton, 27, called police to say her car had been stolen, even though she had been behind the wheel when she ploughed into a Graeme Ruecroft.

The 54-year-old had been cycling home near Cholsey in Oxfordshire when he was hit.

Graham Ruecroft was described as a remarkable man Credit: Thames Valley Police

She later admitted she was driving following an afternoon drinking with friends, and was jailed for four years.

Police have released part of the bogus call she made to police pretending her car had been stolen:

Thames Valley Police, launching their Christmas drink-driving campaign, also released audio of a witness calling 999 following the accident.

They hope both recordings will make drivers think twice about having a drink before they get behind the wheel over the festive season.