A MOTORIST has been banned from driving for 30 months after he fell asleep at the wheel of his Toyota Corolla while driving along the A165.
And when police tested the blood of Russell Stephen Pulling, a 28-year-old security guard from Edwardian Drive, in Bridlington, the results showed a number of illegal substances in his system including ecstasy.
He admitted charges of driving while unfit and without an MOT when he appeared before Scarborough Magistrates’ Court and told the bench that not a day went by that he did not regret his actions on the June day.
Alex Johnson, prosecuting, said that Pulling was driving from Scarborough towards Bridlington and the incident was at 1pm.
He added: “His partner was with him at the time – she was the owner and keeper of the vehicle.”
Mr Johnson said that two vehicles – a Mitsibushi Spacewagon and a Ford Focus – were travelling in the opposite direction when Pulling veered across the carriageway.
He added that the Spacewagon had spun around and collided with the Ford Focus and police enquiries at the scene had shown that the MOT certificate had expired three months earlier.
“He accepted that he was the driver and he was involved in the collision. He told police he didn’t feel impaired – however use of drugs did impair his driving,” he said.
Pulling, who was not represented at the hearing, told magistrates that he had been working a number of night shifts and he had taken the drugs on the previous Friday night when he was DJing at an event.
Pulling told the court that he did not feel impaired on the day of the accident and added: “If I did feel impaired I wouldn’t have got into the car.”
The court heard that he had pulled into a garage on the day of the accident where he slept for about half an hour.
Pulling said he could not remember much about the journey – just a couple of roundabouts. He said: “That’s the last thing I remember until I came round in the car after the crash had happened. Everything else is a blank.”
Pulling read out a statement to the court and said that he was still paying for his actions – he still has to use crutches to help him walk.
He said: “I am sorry for what happened on that day.” The court heard it had been a “wake up call” and he had not touched any type of drug since.
As well as being disqualified from driving for 30 months Pulling was ordered to pay £85 costs, and carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.