A MAN who drove into another car on a busy Hampshire road fell asleep while officers gave him a road side test.

Callum Burgess was driving along Rumbridge Street, Totton, when he collided with another vehicle on the carriageway.

He then drove off which left his car with a punctured tyre, stopping after around 20 to 30 metres.

Southampton magistrates heard that when officers came to the scene, Burgess’ speech was “slow and slurred” and he appeared “unsteady on his feet”.

Sarah Lodge, prosecuting, said when Burgess was tested there didn’t appear to be any alcohol in his system but he told officers he had taken an amount of prescription drugs for anxiety and depression.

She said: “During the balance test Burgess fell asleep when he tilted his head back.

“He would lose his balance and continue to fall asleep during the test.”

Ms Lodge added that following the tests Burgess, 26, refused to give a specimen for analysis to officers.

Tim Sparkes, mitigating, said: “He has very little recollection of any of the incident.

“He accepts he can’t remember exactly what happened but was able to get into conversation with the officers.

“He has been honest and open about his past history.”

He added: “When the police took him home his parents were concerned about him.”

In sentencing district judge Lorraine Morgan told Burgess: “You were behind the wheel and there was an accident and you failed to provide a specimen.”

Burgess, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, admitted failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

He was sentenced by district judge Lorraine Morgan to eight weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

He will be under a curfew between the hours of 8pm and 8am for four weeks and disqualified from driving for three years.

Burgess will also have to pay £85 costs and £115 victim surcharge.