GUILTY: A man pleads guilty to falling asleep at the wheel.
GUILTY: A man pleads guilty to falling asleep at the wheel.

Sleepy man hits car at rest stop

TWO passengers sleeping in their car were lucky not to sustain serious injuries when they were hit by a fellow driver at a rest stop.

Klaebourne Alexander Fergusson had momentarily fallen asleep at the wheel of his own vehicle.

When he woke, he over-corrected and crashed into the car on the Bruce Highway at Yandina.

Warwick Police prosecutor Sergeant Steve de Lissa yesterday told the Warwick Magistrates Court the incident was serious.

"These sorts of things kill people,” he said.

Fergusson pleaded guilty to one count of driving without due care and attention.

The 20-year-old said both cars were written off as a result of the crash, while he sustained a burn to his arm and the male passenger in the other car received a bump to the head.

His own car was not insured, he said.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey handed Fergusson a $900 fine and disqualified him from driving for one month.

The Armidale man was warned not to drive during the disqualification period or he could face jail time.



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