03/26/2013 08:59 am ET Updated Mar 26, 2013

Alberto Leon, Miami Driver, Arrested After Guardrail Impales Car (VIDEO)

A sleepy Miami driver who nodded off behind the wheel Monday is lucky to be alive after he drove into a guardrail that impaled the full length of his car, just a foot away from where he sat, reports WSVN 7.

Alberto Leon, 36, told Florida Highway Patrol that he had been working long hours when he feel asleep while driving westbound on the Dolphin Expressway Monday afternoon. Watch the video above.

FHP Trooper Russell Cruz explained to Local 10 that Leon was traveling at 55 mph when he did a 180, twisting the guardrail with him.

"Luckily, the driver was able to walk away with minor injuries," Cruz told Local 10. "If the guardrail had been a foot or two to the other side, it could have been a lot worse."

But Leon didn't exactly get to walk away.

WSVN reports that Leon was arrested for driving with a suspended license, and his past violations include driving without a license, speeding, careless driving, driving without proof of insurance, making an improper lane change and driving an unsafe vehicle.

Local 10 reports that FHP was adamant that alcohol and drugs were not involved in the dramatic crash.