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Suspended prison sentence for tired driver who crashed on A12 near Capel St Mary

PUBLISHED: 17:35 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:35 19 July 2017

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

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A pick-up truck driver who hit a car on the A12 after driving when he was tired has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Gokhan Mersin swerved into a car driven by a 62-year-old woman causing it to spin 360 degrees and resulting in her suffering injuries and her car being written off, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Mersin failed to stop at the scene of the accident and initially claimed he had swerved to avoid debris in the road before accepting he had driven while he was tired.

Mersin, 21, of Valence Road, Erith, admitted driving dangerously on the A12 near Capel St Mary on September 5, 2015, and failing to stop after an accident.

He was given a 14 month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 250 hours unpaid work in the community.

He was also given a rehabilitation activity requirement and was banned from driving for three years, after which he will have to take an extended retest.

He was also ordered to pay £1,500 costs.

Sentencing him, Judge Martyn Levett said Mersin had ignored feelings of tiredness and had carried on driving when he should have stopped for a rest.

After “drifting” into the other vehicle he had failed to stop at the scene of the accident and hadn’t checked if the other driver needed medical attention.

The court heard that Mersin had previous convictions for using a mobile phone while driving, speeding and driving without insurance.

The court heard that Mersin had picked up a vehicle at around 4.30am and had driven to Lowestoft and was returning to Kent when he collided with the car on the A12.

Juliet Donovan, prosecuting, said the pick up truck had swerved into a car resulting in the driver suffering injuries, including a four-inch gash to the back of her head, whiplash and bruising to her spine.

The court heard the collision had also resulted in financial loss to her business and affected her confidence with regard to driving.

Richard Wood, representing Mersin, said his client had taken the reckless decision to press on to get home instead of stopping when he felt tired.

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