'Drugs cocktail' motorist found asleep in car outside Antrim PSNI Station

'Drugs cocktail' motorist found asleep in car outside Antrim PSNI Station

A MAN who had gone to Antrim Police Station to collect a person who was in custody was found asleep outside in a vehicle whilst unfit due to a "cocktail of drugs".

Ronald James Roy Craig (37), with an address given as a unit in the Park Centre at Donegall Road in Belfast, admitted driving whilst unfit and failing to stop, remain and report an accident.

Earlier on April 19 this year the defendant had swerved a Fabia car into a parked vehicle at Fountain Street in Antrim and continued on.

A witness had taken photos and when police saw the car parked outside the station Craig was asleep at the wheel.

When spoken to he was slurring his words and told police he was there to "retrieve" a person from custody. The vehicle had damage.

Craig had no recollection of a collision and said he had taken anti-depressant medication.

Due to his inability to stay conscious "for more than a few seconds" the defendant was taken to Antrim Area Hospital.

A blood test revealed what the prosecutor described as a "cocktail of drugs including MDMA, amphetamine, Diazepam and Pregabalin".

A defence lawyer said at the time there had been a "very negative influence" on the defendant.

At Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, Craig was banned from driving for a year and fined £250.