Five points for driver who crashed after falling asleep

A LORRY driver who fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the central reservation of a busy Eastbourne road has been given five points on his licence.

Police were called following the 6am collision which took place at the junction of Eastbourne Road and Church Street on June 13.

Eastbourne magistrates heard no other vehicle was involved and at the scene the driver of the articulated lorry, Stephen Ricketts, said he had fallen asleep.

The 53-year-old pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at a hearing on Tuesday July 25.

Anthony Montgomery, defending, said, “He’s had a licence for 33 years and has been driving as a heavy goods driver since 1987 and there is not one blot on his log book [until now].

“His hours are better than before.

“He had been without a driver’s mate and he was unloading the cages on his own. I stress that it wasn’t a case of driving excessive hours.

“It may have been the hayfever tablets or it might have been the lack of sleep.

“He is much happier in work and is determined it won’t happen again.”

As well as the points on his licence, Ricketts, of Beech Walk, Kempston, Bedford, was fined £235 and must pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.