Driver crashed into 3 cars af­ter tak­ing sleep pill

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - KAREN BRITTON

A‘DROWSY’ driver crashed into three cars af­ter tak­ing a sleep­ing tablet.

Janet Sigley, 53, took the tablet to ease her anx­i­ety af­ter a fam­ily ar­gu­ment, a court heard.

She thought it would take a hour to work and set out to Tesco near her Mac­cles­field home to do some shop­ping, mag­is­trates were told.

But the tablet kicked in sooner and she col­lided with a ve­hi­cle in the car park.

She ex­changed de­tails with the driver and parked in a space be­fore go­ing into the shop. But when she re­turned and pulled out of the space she crashed into two more cars, the court was told.

Mem­bers of staff who no­ticed she was un­steady on her feet had called the po­lice and she was ar­rested.

She was found with pre­scrip­tion drugs in her sys­tem, which she takes for de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and other ill­nesses, Stock­port Mag­is­trates court heard.

Prose­cut­ing, Tess Kenyon said: “A Tesco em­ployee saw the de­fen­dant in her car on the pedes­trian cross­ing and there was a blue car parked nearby. Both cars had dam­age to the front side.

“The de­fen­dant ex­changed de­tails with the driver of the other car and as she got back into her car she stum­bled and ap­peared to be un­der the in­flu­ence of some­thing so the po­lice were con­tacted.

“When she came back to her car she col­lided with two more ve­hi­cles.”

Sigley, of Old Hall Street in Mac­cles­field, pleaded guilty to driv­ing while un­fit through drugs on De­cem­ber 28.

De­fend­ing David Manley said the de­fen­dant has worked as a house­keeper for a fam­ily in Lower Peover for 19 years and gave mag­is­trates a let­ter from her em­ployer to show her good char­ac­ter.

He said: “She’s an ex­tremely ner­vous and frag­ile lady. The med­i­ca­tions were all taken in ac­cor­dance with the pre­scrip­tions but she de­cided to take a Zolpi­dem, which is a sleep­ing pill.

“She had an ar­gu­ment with her sis­ter the day be­fore which left her ex­tremely ag­i­tated and de­cided to take a sleep­ing pill think­ing it would take af­fect af­ter an hour. She hadn’t eaten all day and it kicked in.

“She’s a hard work­ing woman who lives a blame­less life.”

Mag­is­trates banned Sigley from driv­ing for 12 months. She must pay an £80 fine, £85 costs and £30 vic­tim sur­charge.

Chair­man of the bench Eileen Carr said: “We are sorry you are here be­fore us.

“There’s a lot of mit­i­ga­tion de­spite the fact you crashed into three cars but our hands are tied.”

‘She’s an ex­tremely ner­vous and frag­ile lady’

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