Drunk nap a costly error

A DIESEL mechanic who fell asleep in his car while drunk has been banned from driving for a year.

Casey Gerald Gillespie yesterday pleaded guilty to being in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of liquor. Ipswich Magistrates Court heard he had a blood alcohol level of 0.222%, more than four times the limit.

Prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said police found Gillespie asleep in his car, which was parked outside the Springfield Tavern, on the night of March 29.

The keys were in the ignition and music was playing.

The court heard the defendant had a previous drink-driving offence within five years.

In addition to the 12-month licence disqualification, Gillespie was fined $900.



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