Driver drifted across A47, court told

A motorist whose car drifted across the road into the path of an oncoming vehicle on the A47 at North Burlingham was yesterday given a four year driving ban and a suspended nine month jail sentence.

A motorist whose car drifted across the road into the path of an oncoming vehicle on the A47 at North Burlingham was yesterday given a four- year driving ban and a suspended nine-month jail sentence.

Stuart Sinclair-Russell, 28, drove into the path of Naomi Smart who was travelling towards Norwich.

Norwich Crown Court heard that Ms Smart was treated by paramedics and suffered whiplash and a torn ligament in her foot.

A witness said Ms Smart "did not have a chance".

Malcolm Robins, prosecuting, said Sinclair-Russell, who was a drugs user, stayed at the scene and witnesses said he seemed disorientated as if he had either "just woken up or taken something".

Sinclair-Russell, of Princes Road, Yarmouth, admitted driving his Ford Escort dangerously on August 18.

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The court heard he had previous driving offences, two for driving with excess alcohol and driving while banned.

Ian James, mitigating, said Sinclair-Russell had been a habitual user of drugs but was rehabilitating himself.

Mr James said his last driving offence was seven years ago.

Judge Paul Downes also imposed a 12-month super-vision order with a drug treatment and rehabilitation requirement and told him to do 100 hours' unpaid work.