I was asleep at the wheel, crash driver claims
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.
The Dominion Post