Drunk, naked driver rolls car

A 41-YEAR-OLD Maryland man rolled his four-wheel-drive naked while drunk, Toronto Local Court heard yesterday.

Douglas Leck Thomson, of Bernborough Avenue, drove to shops with his wife, Dana Thomson, at 1.20am on March 26 to buy cigarettes, a statement of facts tendered to the court said.

"The accused became lost in the backstreets of Wallsend," the facts said.

After missing a street, Mr Thomson "reversed quickly and turned sharply" and rolled his Mitsubishi Pajero onto its roof.

The couple were not seriously injured.

An off-duty policeman who lived nearby called emergency services.

Police attending the scene concluded both were "under the effects of alcohol" because of their "sluggish actions, slurring conversation and a heavy odour of liquor".

"The accused was also naked," the facts said.

When police asked him why, he was unable to say. His wife was fully clothed.

Mr Thomson did not have his driver's licence "on his person or with him".

He told police he drank six schooners of beer without food from 3.30pm to 8.30pm.

His vehicle was towed to his home.

Mr Thomson pleaded guilty to driving with a high-range blood alcohol reading of 0.169 - more than three times the legal limit.

He was additionally charged with driving without a licence.

His solicitor told the court it was his client's "third offence of a similar nature".

Magistrate John Chicken adjourned the matter for a pre-sentence report.

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