Judge tells sleeping SMART bus driver "you shouldn't have been on the road"

The driver who police say dozed off behind the wheel of a SMART bus last fall has changed his plea and is now awaiting sentencing.

65-year-old Leon Rasheed dozed off with two people on board last October in west Bloomfield. Once he fell asleep, the bus went careening into several cars on Maple Rd between Middlebelt and Inkster. For half of a mile, the bus rammed other cars and the guardrail as Rasheed woke up and tried to regain control.

On Monday, he went in front of a judge and changed his plea from not guilty to no contest. The plea change won't effect his legal standing but it means he will not go to trial for the accident. The judge will use only the police report and information provided to make a decision on sentencing, which has not been set.

The judge told him that he had no business being on the road based on his driving record with the Secretary of State office. FOX 2 is working to confirm the details of his driving record.

FOX 2's Maurielle Lue caught up with Rasheed and his attorney outside the courtroom Monday. He apologized and then deferred all other questions to his attorney.
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