Drink driver fell asleep af­ter crash

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

A DRINK driver who was caught asleep at the wheel of his car has been banned from driv­ing.

James Bar­nett (24) of Broadgate, Spald­ing, was found slumped in his Subaru Im­preza at 2.30am at a prop­erty in Crow­land Road, Eye on May 5 this year.

Yes­ter­day he ap­peared at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty to drink driv­ing.

The court heard he crashed into a farm gate, be­fore try­ing to do a Uturn on some­one’s lawn, be­fore fall­ing asleep.

When he was ar­rested he gave a read­ing of 74mg of al­co­hol in 100ml of breath – more than twice the le­gal limit of 35mg in 100ml.

Sen­tenc­ing, Deputy Dis­trict Judge San­deep Kainth said: “The fact you col­lided with a fence, tried to do a U-turn be­fore fall­ing asleep clearly shows you were fully im­paired, and I sus­pect it is sheer luck that there was no in­jury to any­one else.

“You have shown re­morse, and you do ap­pear to be a very bright young man. It is safe to con­clude it is un­likely you will ap­pear be­fore the court again.”

Bar­nett was fined £400, or­dered to pay £85 costs and a £15 vic­tim sur­charge, as well as be­ing banned for 18 months.

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