Court told of driver found slumped over steer­ing wheel

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A driver was found slumped over the wheel of his Audi A3 in the mid­dle of the day with no idea where he was, a court has heard.

It later emerged that Robert Wat­ters was tak­ing drugs, dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing and unin­sured at the time of the in­ci­dent in New­big­ging.

The 41-year-old ap­peared at For­far Sher­iff Court, which heard a doc­tor was called af­ter passersby saw the car come to a halt and raised con­cerns about his well­be­ing.

He di­ag­nosed Wat­ters was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs on July 12 last year.

De­pute-fis­cal Ste­wart Dun­can said: “At 1.10pm a wit­ness saw a black Audi A3 driven by the ac­cused at the lo­cus.

“She saw the driver slump over the steer­ing wheel.”

The car pulled up out­side the house of a wit­ness and he went out­side to in­ves­ti­gate.

“The keys were taken and po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived to find the car fac­ing south, block­ing a drive­way,” added the fis­cal.

“He slurred his words and said he didn’t know where he was.

“A road­side breath test was ad­min­is­tered and he gave a read­ing of zero.

“A doc­tor formed the opin­ion he was im­paired, and a blood sam­ple was taken.

“He was of the opin­ion he was un­fit through drugs.

“He didn’t have a clue where he was.”

De­fence agent Anne Duffy said her client was on the methadone pro­gramme and had his dose re­duced re­cently.

He was in­ves­ti­gat­ing more re­cov­ery op­tions in his home city of Aberdeen, in­clud­ing the Teen Chal­lenge UK re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme.

Wat­ters, of Crom­bie Road, ad­mit­ted driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied in Pi­tair­lie Road, driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance and driv­ing while un­fit through drink or drugs.

Sher­iff Gre­gor Mur­ray said: “There’s no point in me putting you on a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with su­per­vi­sion re­quire­ments if you are go­ing to be un­der some­one else’s su­per­vi­sion.”

Sen­tence was de­ferred to Septem­ber 28.

The ac­cused’s bail was con­tin­ued.

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