A man has described how he was “left for dead” by a drink-driver who mounted the pavement and caused him extensive injuries. 

Derek Brand was walking along Sutton Lane, Banstead, on his way to work at Sutton Bus Garage when a Mercedes CLK driven by 60-year-old Mark Johnson mounted the pavement. 

After mowing Derek down, Johnson then drove off leaving him him with a number of injuries including a broken leg, broken arm and a head fracture. 

“It knocked me out. When I came around I realised the driver had left me for dead, driven off,” Derek said. 

Johnson, of Salisbury Road in Banstead, then crashed again further down the road. 

When he was arrested he then assaulted a police officer. 

Johnson gave a blood alcohol reading of 123 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, exceeding the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol. 

In court he pleaded guilty to drink driving, assaulting an emergency worker, dangerous driving and failing to stop after a road accident. 

Johnson will be sentenced at Guildford Crown Court next month. 

The incident took place at around 4.30pm on September 11 last year. 

Speaking on Tuesday (May 28), Derek said: “Physically I’m 90 per cent there, it’s more the mental side of it I’m struggling with now.”   

He added: “You realise you can’t control what happens. When someone drives behind you, comes on the pavement and leaves you for dead.”