The apprentice mechanic who dozed off at the wheel is condemned


A Ramsey apprentice mechanic who dozed off at the wheel of his car and crashed has been fined £1,000 for reckless driving.

Steven Lee Thomas Oakes also had his license approved with nine penalty points and was ordered to pay £50 prosecution costs.

The attorney prosecuting Roger Kane told the court that Oakes was driving his gray Audi from Kirk Michael to Ramsey on October 15 at 5:30 p.m.

As he approached Ballaugh, his car crossed the roadway and got stuck in a hedge.

He called the police and when they arrived told them he had felt tired but had not stopped and must have dozed off at the wheel.

Defense barrister Peter Taylor said: ‘Just before the incident Mr Oakes had taken up new employment as an apprentice mechanic. The first two weeks, he tried to impress his boss, getting in early and attending college.

“He said he felt tired, so he turned up the music and opened a window. He was almost at his mother’s house but he lost his concentration and his inattention caused the accident.

“The police wouldn’t have known, but he called them and acted very appropriately. He took his responsibilities very seriously.

Mr Taylor asked the court not to ban Oakes because he needed his license for his work.

Deputy High Usher James Brooks told Oakes: ‘What you did was extraordinarily insane on the roads maybe not the busiest but where the traffic is fast moving. It’s extremely lucky that there’s no one coming the other way.

Mr Brooks went on to say that it was solely because of Oakes’ actions after the accident that he was persuaded not to ban it.

The 25-year-old, who lives in Carlton Grove, will pay the fine and cost £300 a month.

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