Boozy driver caught asleep at the wheel

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A motorist who was over the drink-drive limit was caught fast asleep at the wheel of his car with the engine running.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, July 22, how Gary Dixon, 27, of Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, had been visiting his mother’s home and had been drinking and intended to stay but after he had a row with his brother he went back to his car.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Mahon said: “Police received a call and saw the Vauxhall Astra on Sheepbridge Lane with the front half of the vehicle sticking into the carriageway and vehicles were having to avoid as its engine was running, loud music was playing and the defendant was asleep in the driver’s seat.

“An officer woke Dixon up and he provided a positive roadside breath test.”

Dixon pleaded guilty to being in charge of a vehicle whilst he was unfit through drink after the incident in June.

Defence solicitor Kevin Tomlinson said: “Mr Dixon pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and was fully co-operative with police. He had left his car near the Avago Karting centre on the Sheepbridge estate as he was going to his mother’s house who lives in the vicinity.

“At his mother’s home he accepts he had been drinking and intended to stay but he had argued with his brother and went back to the car. He accepts the engine was still on and music was playing and he fell asleep.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until Thursday, July 25, to consider reports before sentencing Dixon.