Driver left van in middle of A47 Acle Straight

Robertas Stanaitis
Image caption Robertas Stanaitis left his van in the middle of the A47 Acle Straight in Norfolk

A man who caused a crash by abandoning his van in the middle of a major road in Norfolk has been sentenced.

Great Yarmouth magistrates heard taxi driver Steve Kenny was off work for months after hitting the van on the A47 Acle Straight on 29 January.

Robertas Stanaitis, 23, of Beach Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, denied drink-driving and another offence but was convicted on Thursday.

He was given a 12-month community order and a 16-month driving ban.

He was also ordered to pay £500 in court costs.

Stanaitis had also denied a charge of causing a vehicle to be left in a dangerous position.

Speaking after the case, Mr Kenny said the crash had left him with serious injuries.

He said: "My life has been turned upside down and the person responsible has been able to carry on with his life.

"If it hadn't have been for friends and family and a strong network of people I don't know how I would have survived."

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