Crashing into pole a wake-up call for sleeping driver

A GLADSTONE girl received an abrupt wake-up call after falling asleep at the wheel when her vehicle veered and hit a power pole.

Stefanie Jane Murray fled the scene of Shaw St crash just after 5.30am on June 24 and made no attempt to contact police about the accident.

In Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday, the 21-year-old pleaded guilty to driving without due care and failing to stop at a road incident.

The court heard she had been driving since 10pm the previous night and was suffering from sleep deprivation.

She was fined $1000 with a conviction recorded and lost her licence for six weeks.

A Gladstone man also faced court on Monday for falling asleep in his car.

After a night out at the Rocky Glen Hotel, Sosefa Mokofisi decided it was best not to drive.

About 6.30am on June 30, police found him asleep in the front seat with the car's engine running and the headlights on.

The 37-year-old recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.116%. 

Mokofisi pleaded guilty to being in charge of a vehicle while over the legal alcohol limit .

He was fined $750 with a conviction recorded and lost his licence for six months.



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