An elderly couple have had a lucky escape after a driver dozed off behind the wheel and caused a high speed crash on the A55.

Falling asleep at the wheel can have serious consequences for the driver, passengers and other road users.

Kieran Butler, 34, was driving at high speed on the A55 when his car drifted across the road from the outside lane into the inside lane and struck the rear of another vehicle.

The defendant told police he must have fallen asleep behind the wheel after finishing an eight hour shift at 6am that day.

No serious injuries

Mr Butler was driving home to Pwllheli from work when the accident occurred, leaving the elderly couple with whiplash and other injuries.

Witnesses told Mold Crown Court that there was a boy in the passenger seat and a driver said that Mr Butler’s Vectra flew past him at 80 or 90mph, adding that he was “driving like an idiot”.

Mr Butler, of New Park Street, Castlefields in Shrewsbury, admitted dangerous driving on the A55 at Halkyn.

He received a 32-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

He was also banned from driving for 18 months, ordered to take an extended driving test and fined £500 with £340 costs.

Previous conviction

The court heard that Mr Butler had a previous conviction for causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.

The incident occurred in 2002 and left him behind bars for three years. Simon Mintz, defending, said the previous conviction would be a concern to the court.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said it was something he could not discount because Mr Butler would have been aware of the consequences of getting behind the wheel of a car, and on this occasion drove dangerously.

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