Exmouth driver hit with nine points after falling asleep at the wheel before collision

PUBLISHED: 11:55 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:55 20 June 2018

Exeter magistrates court. Picture: Terry Ife

Exeter magistrates court. Picture: Terry Ife

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A ‘remorseful’ Exmouth driver who fell asleep at the wheel has been handed nine points after pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention.

Samuel Jacklin, 27, of Maristow Avenue, appeared before Exeter Magistrates Court on Tuesday after a collision on the A376 in March, which resulted in a number of injuries and his family’s dog being put to sleep.

Prosecutor Lindsey Baker told the court the defendant had been driving back from a family trip to Dartmoor when he ‘dozed off at the wheel’ leading to the collision between his Vauxhall Corsa and a Seat, near Ebford.

The driver of the Seat suffered a number of injuries including fractures and broken ribs.

Jacklin’s sister, who had been asleep in the back of the car with the dog, bruised her head. Also in the car was his sister’s boyfriend.

Mrs Baker said both vehicles were heavily damaged.

She said: “He said he had been driving to Exmouth after being down to Dartmoor, where he had been walking for most of the day.

“He dozed off at the wheel and accepts that the incident was his fault.”

The court heard that following the accident, the defendant had been to the doctors to check for any underlying conditions and kept in contact with the police to find out the condition of the victim.

In mitigation, Mr Redfern said: “He did not feel tired prior to driving. He had a good night’s sleep the previous evening.

“He has made a conscious effort to contact the police to find out how the other driver is and how she is recovering from her injuries. He is very remorseful and taken full responsibility for his actions and make sure there are no underlying issues.

“He understands it is his fault and he needs to be punished.”

Magistrates ordered nine points to be put on the account manager’s driving license and fined him £582 in costs.

The chairman of the magistrates bench said: “We have taken into account you have had a reasonably long and incident- free driving career.

“We have read all of the accounts and that driving is a part of your employment.

“You have shown complete remorse for what you did, you have made every effort to make sure there was not any underlying problems and the other party had fared and it is quite clear there was no recklessness as such in your incident but that you driving whilst tired.”

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