Sunday, 15 March 2015

Drink driver parked in fast lane of motorway, turned off lights and fell asleep . . .


Drink driver parked in fast lane of motorway, turned off lights and fell asleep

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Nodded Off: John Reid fell asleep while parked on the A1

A drunk driver fell asleep after he parked in the outside lane of a motorway, a court has heard.

John Alexander Reid was found by police after they were alerted by other motorists.

When he was woken and arrested he was almost twice the drink drive limit.

Magistrates heard police were told about a white pick-up truck parked in the outside lane of the A1(M) near the village of Baldersby, North Yorks.

Hilary Reece, prosecuting, said they found the driver asleep at the wheel of the vehicle, which was stationary and had its lights turned off.

She said: “Officers eventually managed to wake him and a rolling road block was used to get the vehicle onto the hard shoulder.”

After his arrest Reid, 24, From Alloa, Scotland, said he had no comment to make about what had happened.

But a test showed he had 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, almost twice the limit of 35.

She said: “It was a dangerous and serious incident to stop and fall asleep in a vehicle on a motorway.”

Zoe Passfield, defending said that Reid accepted it could have been a much more dangerous situation adding “Fortunately no damage or injury was caused to Mr Reid or other people.”

She added: “He had been drinking but never intended to drive.

“He accepts he did not make the right decision.”

Reid, who works as a handyman and is the father of an 18 months old child, was banned from driving for 18 months after admitting drink driving.

He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay court costs and a surcharge of £105.

After the case at Northallerton magistrates, a spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “It is extremely fortunate that no one was killed or injured because of Reid’s actions in the early hours of 28 January.

“This is another shocking example of how drinking can affect your judgement behind the wheel.

“The consequences of leaving a vehicle in lane three of a motorway, during hours of darkness, could have been utterly devastating.”

After the incident, which happened at 4.12 am, one North Yorkshire police officer put a message on social media saying: “Amazed no one was seriously injured after driver stops for a sleep in lane three of a busy unlit motorway.”

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