Driver of crashed car found asleep with bottle of Buckfast


The driver of a car which crashed through a hedge into a field was found asleep at the wheel with a bottle of Buckfast beside him, Craigavon Court heard last Wednesday.

David Noel Cassidy (39), Drumanphy Road, Portadown, was fined £300 and banned for 12 months for driving while unfit on October 31.

He was also fined £250 for failing to provide a specimen of breath and £75 for driving without due care and attention.

The court heard that at 11.10pm on the Moy Road a car crashed through a hedge into a field.

The vehicle drove around the field before stopping. Cassidy refused to get out and was drinking alcohol. He then appeared to be asleep and a bottle of Buckfast was found in the driver’s side door pocket.

Cassidy’s speech was slurred and he to be helped from the vehicle to prevent him from falling. He made references to a “domestic” with his partner.

Defence solicitor Mr Hugo Marley said Cassidy deeply regretted the incident. He added that when the defendant was brought to the police station he collapsed.