A man staggered from a pub to a van and drove the wrong way along the A55 Expressway in roadworks towards traffic, a court heard.

A district judge at Llandudno court was told that a woman in an oncoming car with her daughter - travelling in a contraflow in the early hours - had to swerve into cones to enter a closed lane, to avoid a head-on smash.

Cameron Bullivent, aged 21, of Barton-Upon-Humber, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in a Ford Transit Connect at Colwyn Bay on September 1.

He also admitted drink-driving in Erskine Road, Colwyn Bay, and having cannabis.

Prosecutor James Neary said it was a “prolonged piece of bad driving.”

A CCTV operator had seen the defendant staggering from a Colwyn Bay pub and get into the van.

He drove along Abergele Road, at times with no lights, and collided with a parked Ford Mondeo near the Stermat store.

Bullivent drove to the Marine roundabout and turned left towards the dual carriageway.

He drove the wrong way in roadworks towards approaching traffic at a “normal” speed.

Police believed he eventually turned around, the prosecutor added.

Defence solicitor Chris Dawson said Bullivent had no previous convictions and was in full-time employment. He was in the area to work.

District judge Andrew Jebb imposed an interim driving ban and bailed Bullivent until he appears for sentencing at Caernarfon crown court next month.

He said there could have been a “catastrophic” accident.