Drink-driver gets fine after falling asleep at wheel

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AN ELECTRICIAN has been fined £2,000 after falling asleep at the wheel while more than two and a half times the legal drink drive limit.

John Corsbie, 38, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Monday (May 32) and pleaded guilty to the drink driving offence which happened on May 7 while he was on his way to work.

The court heard John Corsbie, of Glencoe Avenue in County Durham, was found asleep in his VW Transporter van at the junction of St Aubyns Road, Eastbourne, at around 9.30am after consuming alcohol the night before.

Police officers attended the scene and found Corsbie had fallen asleep at the wheel and they could smell alcohol. He was taken to the police station and a breath test confirmed he had a reading of 96mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mcg.

Maxine Buck, defending, told magistrates Corsbie was down in Eastbourne for a job and had checked in to a bed and breakfast with his workmate before going out for the evening in the town. He was drinking that night and was not expecting to be driving the following morning.

However, Corsbie was unable to find his workmate the next morning and was worried about getting to site on time so got behind the wheel.

Ms Buck said, “He felt tired but he had no idea he was over the limit in this way.”

Ms Buck explained Corsbie remembered becoming lost on his way to the site but was ‘appalled‘ that he had fallen asleep at the wheel.

She also told magistrates a driving ban could affect his job and would certainly affect the 400-mile trip he makes at the weekends to visit his daughter. Probation told magistrates Corsbie was unable to carry out a community penalty because of his job so magistrates banned him for two years and ordered him to pay a £2,000 fine. He will also have to pay £85 in court costs and a £15 surcharge.

Magistrates offered Corsbie the chance to reduce his ban by six months by taking the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course.