DRUG-DRIVER CRASHED AF­TER TAK­ING CO­CAINE AND CANNABIS

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

A DRUGGED-UP driver who crashed head-on into an­other car leav­ing a man se­ri­ously in­jured has been jailed for two years.

Luke Dis­ley had taken three types of il­le­gal drugs, in­clud­ing co­caine and cannabis, be­fore he got be­hind the wheel of his Vaux­hall As­tra.

A court heard the 27-yearold ended up on the wrong side of the road and gave the other driver “no op­por­tu­nity” to re­act.

Llyr ap Glyn, 28, had to be cut free from the ve­hi­cle and spent nearly two weeks at a ma­jor trauma unit.

Dis­ley, who was on a week­end in Snow­do­nia with friends at the time of the crash, was banned from driv­ing for four years and must take an ex­tended driv­ing test be­fore get­ting his li­cence back.

Elen Owen, pros­e­cut­ing, said Dis­ley was driv­ing along the A5 to­wards Bethesda ● near Llyn Og­wen on Fe­bru­ary 25.

“It was wet and very windy and Llyr ap Glyn had al­ready re­duced speed be­cause of the con­di­tions,” she added.

“He saw a car in front of him on the wrong side of road. Llyr ap Glyn had no time to re­act and there was a head-on col­li­sion.

“Mr ap Glyn had to be cut from the car and was taken ini­tially to Ys­byty Gwynedd, Bangor. He was later trans­ferred to the ma­jor trauma unit at Stoke and spent 13 days in hospi­tal. He suf­fered frac­tures to the fe­mur, pelvis and ribs as well as lac­er­a­tions to the liver and knee.”

A pass­ing po­lice of­fi­cer and RAF Moun­tain Rescue Team were first on the scene and went to the assistance of the two driv­ers

“When a RAF medic asked the de­fen­dant what had caused the ac­ci­dent his re­sponse was to say ‘hell and the devil’,” said Ms Owen.

“When a para­medic asked the de­fen­dant to get into an am­bu­lance he made a brief at­tempt to run away be­fore stop­ping of his own ac­cord and sit­ting on a wall. He had to be coaxed into the am­bu­lance and then be­came dis­tressed.”

When later in­ter­viewed by po­lice, Dis­ley, of Alt­car Lane, Orm­skirk, told of­fi­cers he had been cel­e­brat­ing a birth­day.

He claimed Mr ap Glyn was on the wrong side of the road and he had tried to swerve but was un­able to avoid the col­li­sion.

Gareth Roberts, de­fend­ing, said Dis­ley had shown re­morse and had apol­o­gised to Mr ap Glyn at an ear­lier hear­ing.

Mr Roberts said: “He as­sumed, wrongly, he was fit to drive.

“He is pro­foundly re­morse­ful and sad his mis­take and fool­ish­ness have had an im­pact on an­other per­son’s life.”

Luke Dis­ley, 27, left a man se­ri­ously in­jured

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