Drugged driver veered across road

PRESCRIPTION drugs left a driver so confused she veered across the road and crashed into another car.Now Gail Gunn is banned from the road after admitting she took one too many tablets and was unfit to drive.

PRESCRIPTION drugs left a driver so confused she veered across the road and crashed into another car.

Now Gail Gunn is banned from the road after admitting she took one too many tablets and was unfit to drive.

Charles Riddlestone, mitigating at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court, admitted his client was "hazy" after taking double her normal morning dose.

And he said the 50-year-old Saxmundham woman had experienced similar symptoms while at the wheel.


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On that occasion she pulled over. But on November 23 she veered straight into the path of an oncoming Mercedes.

Godfried Duah, prosecuting, said the Mercedes was travelling along Valley Road, Ipswich, when the driver became aware of a white Honda going in the opposite direction.

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Without warning, the Honda swerved across the white central line and smashed into the Mercedes.

Mr Duah said police were called to the crash site where they found Gunn, of The Old Bell Yard, in a "sleepy" state. She had glazed eyes and slurred speech.

She was arrested and admitted at interview she should not have been driving.

Mr Riddlestone said Gunn, also known as Gail Dunn, was planning to visit a friend in Ipswich and knew she would not been back in time for her afternoon tablet.

But rather than waiting for the dose, she simply swallowed double her normal morning prescription.

Mr Riddlestone admitted it was fortunate no-one was hurt in what turned out to be a relatively minor accident.

Magistrates banned Gunn from driving for 12 months.

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