A promising doctor from High Wycombe, who was locked up for “truly terrible” driving that left a pedestrian maimed, has had his road ban slashed on appeal.

Daryl Perera, 29, was shattered after working two 12-hour shifts at Birmingham’s Sandwell General Hospital at the time of the accident.

The medic, who lives in Cressex Road, drove through a give-way sign in Birmingham city centre in July last year and sped “blindly across a junction”.

He crashed into another car and a passing pedestrian was crushed against a wall.

The victim, a security guard coming home from his night shift, suffered “massive and life-changing injuries”, Lord Justice Irwin told London’s Appeal Court this week.

The man, who was named only as Mr Geering in court, sustained head wounds which caused a stroke, as well as spinal and leg fractures and damage to his spleen.

He was hospitalised for five months after the accident and, at the time of sentence, “could not dress himself or his children”, said the judge.

But despite his ordeal, he had been “most impressive in his calmness and lack of bitterness”.

Perera was jailed for two years at Birmingham Crown Court in June after he admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was a young doctor with “excellent prospects” who had shown “deep and genuine remorse”, the court heard.

But, refusing to cut his jail term, the judge said he was guilty of a “truly dreadful and terrible piece of driving” and “his sentence was severe, but not excessive”.

However, Lord Justice Irwin, sitting with Mr Justice Picken and Judge Mark Lucraft, went on to cut Perera’s driving ban from five years to two.