DRUG-DRIVER CRASHED AFTER TAKING COCAINE AND CANNABIS
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