Jail for over-limit driver asleep with loaded gun on lap

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A MAN who fell asleep in traf­fic with a loaded gun on his lap af­ter he had been drink­ing has been jailed.

Nathan Gardier, 24, was over the limit when he nod­ded off in the driv­ing seat at a set of traf­fic lights in east Lon­don ear­lier this month, while in pos­ses­sion of a 9mm pis­tol.

His bar­ris­ter said Gardier claimed to have found the weapon in a field.

But that ex­pla­na­tion was “ut­terly im­plau­si­ble”, Recorder Sally Hales QC said.

Fa­ther-of-two Gardier pleaded guilty to hav­ing a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion in a pub­lic place and be­ing in charge of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle while above the le­gal al­co­hol limit at Snares­brook Crown Court.

Gardier, of Waltham­stow, was jailed for five-and-a-half years and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for a year.

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