Jockey Queally banned over 'sleep-driving'

Jockey Queally banned over 'sleep-driving'

Crewe magistrates have handed a leading jockey a 22-month motoring ban after he admitted drink-driving.

But Tom Queally's notorious solicitor says the law should be changed to reflect medical scientific advances and recognise sleepwalking as valid mitigation when it comes to motoring while over the limit.

Celebrity lawyer Nick "Mr Loophole" Freeman was speaking at Monday's court case after Queally was found asleep in his BMW at a Knutsford petrol station on March 16.

Queally, 30, was fined £1,350, told to pay £3,500 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge after being found with over double the legal drink-drive alcohol limit in his bloodstream.

He also faces likely car insurance premium hikes if and when he gets behind the wheel after his ban expires.

Mr Freeman claimed that Newmarket-based Irishman Queally, who regularly rode racehorse legend Frankel, was "totally innocent" in a moral context because he had been sleepwalking.

The jockey told police that he had not taken alcohol before rolling out of the arresting officers' vehicle and laying down, magistrates were told.

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