OVER the alcohol limit and asleep at the wheel — and his vehicle started rolling along the road.
People who had gathered nearby, near McDonalds in Newport, had to jump out of the way when Thomas Cadman’s car started moving, but it came to rest on some barriers.
Police were called, and they removed the keys from the ignition before dealing with the driver.
Cadman, 37, appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court on Friday where he admitted driving with excess alcohol on South Street on September 12.
His alcohol reading was 71 in breath, when the legal limit is 35.
The bricklayer, from Hinkley in Leicestershire, had been working on the Island at the time of the offence.
Liz Miller, prosecuting, said the police were called at around 2am as the vehicle was resting on barriers outside McDonalds and was facing the wrong way.
Members of the public told police what had happened — that the driver was asleep but they had had to jump out of the way of the moving vehicle.
James Cameron, for Cadman, said he had been drinking and was walking back to his hotel but ended up walking to his van and getting in it.
He said: “He fell asleep but does not remember a great deal about it. Because the car had gone forward, that’s movement, so technically he had driven the car. I think he’s been a bit unfortunate.”
The court heard it was Cadman’s third drink driving offence within ten years — following offences in 2010 and 2012, so there was a mandatory minimum three-year ban.
Magistrates gave him a 40-month ban.
He was also fined £461, and must pay £85 costs and a £46 surcharge.