A DRIVER who was found asleep in his car in Crossgates when unfit to drive has avoided a ban.

The man found sleeping was Alexander Walker, 51, of McClelland Crescent, Dunfermline.

He appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court and admitted that on November 19, 2020 at Crossgates Gas Services, Crossgates, he was in charge of a car when unfit to drive through drink or drugs.

Depute fiscal Catherine Stevenson said that at 11.15am police received a call about Walker apparently being under the influence.

Officers found him sleeping in his vehicle with the keys in the ignition and the engine running.

They knocked on the window but he remained sleeping until they opened the door and woke him.

A breath test provided a zero reading but, as Walker’s speech was slow and he gave confused answers to officers, he was arrested.

Defence solicitor Aime Allan said: “He had car trouble that day and was waiting on someone coming to fix his wheel when he fell asleep.”

She added that he had taken his prescribed mediation and was planning to drive to the hospital that day.

Sheriff Francis Gill endorsed Walker’s licence with 10 penalty points.