Sleepwalking doctor fails to get driving ban lifted

A doctor who was found to have driven with over four times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood has failed to have his driving ban suspended, even though magistrates accepted that Donald Clegg, 59, was sleep-walking at the time.

Dr Clegg was dreaming that he was on a journey to his mother's house when he got out of bed, walked down stairs, got into his car and started the ignition, and actually started to drive.For the next few hours he remained asleep while driving into a row of parked cars before a passer-by managed to get the keys out of the ignition. The first thing Clegg knew about it was when he woke up in the early hours of the morning in a police cell.

The judge told him: 'We take into account you had been drinking heavily, evidenced by the high reading, and driving some distance on a major road. An accident occurred and you posed a significant risk.'

Clegg admitted that he 'probably should have' given up drinking following an earlier episode of driving while sleeping.

'I did not think I would do it again,' he said to the court. 'That’s the first time I had ever left the house in one of these parasomnia, sleepwalking episodes.'

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