Drink-drive ban for sleepwalking GP

A doctor has been given a 12-month driving ban after he admitted drink driving while he was sleepwalking.

Donald Clegg was almost four times over the legal limit when he got out of bed and into his car, still wearing his nightgown and slippers, on December 8 last year.

He crashed into parked cars after driving for a mile while still "asleep", Bury Magistrates' Court heard.

Clegg was talking incoherently about driving to his mother's house when bystanders snapped the car key in the ignition to stop him driving away again, the court heard.

Clegg, 59, from Prestwich in Bury, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and without due care and attention.

But he had asked magistrates to suspend any driving ban for "special reasons" due to his state of "parasomnia", claiming that he was not aware of what he was doing while sleepwalking.

The GP put forward the "unusual" defence that he was in a state of "auto-autonomy" and not conscious of his actions at the time of the offence, due to his sleepwalking, and therefore should keep his licence.

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