A 28-year old woman, convicted of drink driving, has been acquitted by Liverpool Magistrates Court after it was established that she was sleep walking whilst at the wheel.
Becky Mason, told the court how on the afternoon of Saturday, 11th February, she'd been drinking with her friends and fell asleep on the sofa, whilst her friends went out.
The next thing she remembered was waking up at the roadside looking at her car crashed into a lamp post at 10pm in the evening.
Ms Mason was breathalysed at the scene and found to be nearly three times the legal limit.
Witness evidence given by a security guard confirmed Becky had in fact travelled to her place of work a journey she's has completed over 400 times over the last 18 months.
As part of her defence Becky's legal team brought in neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Jonathan Bird, who has extensive experience in sleepwalking and criminal offences.
This is the first time that Dr. Bird had appeared in court supporting the defence case despite on many occasions assisting the prosecution in disproving the defence of sleepwalking for a variety of serious criminal offences including rape and murder. He explained that in this case the defendant fitted all the clinical requirements of parasomnia, which is more commonly known as sleepwalking. His view therefore meant that she was incapable of forming the intention to drive and therefore could not be found guilty of the offence.