According to the Daily Mail today a doctor who caused a pile-up while over the alcohol limit has walked free from court yesterday after claiming he was ‘sleep-driving’.

GP Donald Clegg, who drank up to eight pints a day, was almost four times the drink-drive limit when he crashed into three  vehicles.

Last night, road safety campaigners hit out at the driver’s ‘lenient’ sentence.

Clegg, 59, claimed he was asleep and in a state of ‘auto-autonomy’ when he got into the Vauxhall Zafira dressed in his dressing gown and slippers after returning home from a restaurant.

Witnesses describe him driving ‘perfectly normally’, but he swung out on to the opposite carriageway and clipped two parked cars before smashing into the third in December.

A passerby who went to help Clegg had to snap the key out of the ignition to stop him driving away and said he was muttering about going to visit his mother.

Police inquiries revealed that Clegg had driven his car into a tree eight months before – again claiming that he was ‘sleepwalking’ at the wheel.

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