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Motorist woke to find he'd crashed into a house

BEFORE he took a moment to rest his eyes, the last thing John Michael Cook remembered was driving to a job in Goodna.

When he woke up, the 38-year-old's Mazda had collided with another car and crashed through a brick house.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Chris O'Neill told Ipswich Magistrates Court this week Cook had fallen asleep at the wheel as he drove along Redbank Plains Rd.

It resulted in Cook's car side-swiping another vehicle, crossing a footpath and ploughing through a fence before crashing into a house.

The incident took place on June 13 about 12.30pm.

When questioned by police at the scene of the accident, Cook said he had felt exhausted due to a heavy workload that week.

In court, he pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and said he "sincerely regretted the incident".

Cook, an irrigation technician, said he had only been driving for 10 minutes before he fell asleep at the wheel. Since the accident, Cook said he had reduced his workload and changed his sleeping patterns.

Magistrate Donna McCallum placed Cook on a $400 good behaviour bond for three months.

No convictions were recorded.

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