A BOOZED-UP Milton driver who collided with a pedestrian after answering a “panic phone call” could be facing a jail sentence.

Tony Reid, 35, of Crannog Court, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last Wednesday, where he admitted driving dangerously on Glasgow Road and ploughing into a pedestrian.

He was told by a sheriff to expect a jail term and that his position was “almost impossible”.

Reid committed the offence on December 17, 2017, where he struck a man, while driving under the influence of drink.

The court heard how Reid failed to keep a proper lookout while driving his car and collided with the victim, a pedestrian, as he crossed the road.

Later, Reid refused to provide a breath test to police after being taken to Clydebank police office.

Prosecutor Claire Nicholls confirmed to the court that Reid had been driving eastbound on the Glasgow Road at Dumbarton.

Defence lawyer Brian McGuire told the court: “My client had been at home that evening and had been drinking when he received a panic telephone call.

“The panic came from his son’s girlfriend. He made a substantial mistake.

“His driving licence is essential for work and he works long hours. He is aware what the outcome will be from the court.

“He has been extremely frank from the outset and of the situation he faces. His employers have offered him counselling and support, which shows how much of a valued employee he is.

“There are some positives which have to be set in the circumstances of the offence. There is still room for community based disposal, which I would ask he be given on balance.”

Sheriff William Gallacher told Reid: “Your situation before you came to court was very difficult, it is now almost impossible.

“I will revisit the case once your lawyer is given time to review your plea in mitigation in the light of information which has been put before me.”

Sentence has been deferred until Wednesday, September 12. Bail was continued.