AN ISLE of Wight drug-driver caused a crash after falling asleep at the wheel and driving into the side of another vehicle.

Susan Westwell, of Yarborough Road, East Cowes, appeared before Isle of Wight magistrates on Tuesday, April 9.

At a previous hearing in February, the 39-year-old admitted drug driving in East Cowes, on October 2 of last year.

Prosecutor, Liz Miller, said police were called to a road traffic collision in East Cowes involving two vehicles at around 10am.

She said Westwell was the driver of a Hyundai involved in a crash with a Nissan Micra.

The court heard a witness who had been walking past saw her crash into the side of the Nissan on Castle Street, at its junction with Maresfield Road and Columbine Road.

Westwell told police she believed she fell asleep at the wheel, and officers described how she seemed under the influence of drugs, said Ms Miller.

Westwell went on to test positive for cocaine, registering a reading of 240, exceeding the specified limit.

Michael McGoldrick, defending, said most of the drugs found in her system were limited to prescription medication.

He said Westwell admitted taking cocaine a couple of days before the incident, lost consciousness and fell asleep at the wheel.

Mr McGoldrick said she had not driven since the crash, and suffered with anxiety, depression, and other conditions.

Westwell was fined £50 and made subject of a six-month community order, to include 15 rehabilitation days.

She was disqualified from driving for 28 months, with costs of £85 and a £114 surcharge.