I was asleep at the wheel, crash driver claims

Last updated 16:09 15/07/2014

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A psychiatrist is to look into a Wairarapa man's claim that he was "sleep-driving" when he allegedly committed offences.

Darryl Donald James Cox, 34, is charged with driving with excess blood alcohol and driving with a revoked licence on November 15 last year.

He is alleged to have driven through a fence into a private property. He was found unconscious at the scene.

His lawyer Ian Hard had already told a judge in Masterton District Court that Cox claimed he was sleep-driving due to medication he was taking.

Today he told Wellington District Court judge Peter Hobbs that a report would be needed from a psychiatrist before a defence of automatism could be used at any trial.  Automatism is an act performed without conscious volition.

Judge Hobbs remanded Cox until October when a trial date for next year is to be confirmed.

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