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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Cumbrian 'hypo attack' man cleared of dangerous driving

A motorist who said he collided with two cars because he was having a medical emergency has been cleared of dangerous driving.

Related: Diabetic driver tells Carlisle court crashes caused by hypo 'attack'

Hugh Litke, 61, who is a diabetic, said he suffered a sudden onset hypoglycaemic attack while at the wheel.

Litke, of Stackbraes, Longtown, had been on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

He denied dangerous driving, saying he could not be blamed for the standard of driving that led to two crashes with oncoming cars.

And a jury took less than 40 minutes to come to a unanimous verdict of not guilty.

Litke suffered the attack while driving his Peugeot 406 on the A7 at Brisco Hill, near Longtown, in October last year.

The court earlier heard he was seen driving “erratically”.

His car was spotted drifting across central white lines, speeding up and slowing down without reason and narrowly missing oncoming cars and lorries.

He was seen to drive onto a grass verge and hit the wing mirror of one car and collide with another.

Nobody was hurt.

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