A STUDENT who downed three ciders and three gins hit a lorry on the motorway after falling asleep at the wheel, a court heard.
Olumuyiwa Osunkunle told police he drank three bottles of Jeremiah Weed cider and three gin and lemonades before the crash on the M5 southbound, Peter Ashby, prosecuting, told Stroud Magistrates’ Court.
“In a police interview he said he was driving down the M5 and fell asleep, and woke up then swerved and collided with a heavy goods vehicle, then collided with the central reservation,” Mr Ashby told the court on Monday, March 31.
“He said he had drank three bottles of Jeremiah Weed cider and three gin and lemonades.
“He said he thought he would be all right to drive but then realised he should not have driven.
Earlier in the hearing, Mr Ashby said Osunkunle, 26, was taken to hospital for a check up.
“At 4.20am on October 31 police went to a two vehicle road traffic collision and they spoke to the defendant, who confirmed he was the driver of the Renault Clio involved,” said Mr Ashby.
“At 4.30pm he provided a positive roadside breath test. He was arrested and taken to a police station.
“He was also taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for a check-up, and de-arrested so he could be treated.
“He provided a blood test specimen at 7.24am.”
The reading was 114 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal alcohol limit in blood is 80 microgrammes.
The crash happened between junction 11a (Brockworth) and 12 (Hardwicke).
Osunkunle, of Curzon Street, Birmingham, admitted driving above the alcohol limit when he appeared in court.
Mr Ashby said he had no previous convictions.
Defending himself, Osunkunle handed up two character references.
“I just want to apologise for my actions,” he said.
“I am genuinely sorry. It’s not something I would normally do. I will make sure nothing like this happens again.”
He was banned from driving for 13 months, fined £109 and told to pay costs totalling £60.