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Man with provisional licence crashed Audi A3 on A11 after falling asleep

PUBLISHED: 13:17 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:17 16 July 2018

Norwich Magistrates' Court. Picture: Denise Bradley.

Norwich Magistrates' Court. Picture: Denise Bradley.

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A man without a full licence crashed into a roundabout after falling asleep at the wheel hours after a flight from India, a court heard.

Prashant Salgonkar, 40, crashed an Audi A3 into roundabout signs at the A11 junction with London Road, Attleborough.

Waseem Raja, prosecuting at Norwich Magistrates’ Court, said: “He had driven straight into the roundabout and collided with signage causing serious damage to the vehicle and the signage.”

Police arrived at about 7.55pm on December 29 last year and said Salgonkar had fallen asleep.

The defendant admitted he was a provisional licence holder and had just been on a 15-hour flight from India.

Salgonkar, of Walpole Gardens, Norwich, pleaded guilty by post to driving without due care and attention, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and using a car without insurance.

A letter from the defendant read out in court said he had applied for a provisional licence but had thought that the international licence he had would cover him.

Salgonkar had six points put on his licence, was fined £400, ordered to pay £100 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

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