Woman Drives for 200 Miles—While Sleeping

Police tracked New Zealand woman by her cell phone
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2013 5:38 PM CDT
Updated Aug 18, 2013 10:07 AM CDT
Woman Drives for 200 Miles—While Sleeping

A New Zealand woman drove overnight for nearly 200 miles and sent texts as she went—but was probably asleep the whole time. It all started when a concerned friend contacted police shortly after midnight Wednesday because the unnamed woman, who has a sleep disorder, took sleeping pills and drove away from her home, Stuff (NZ) reports. Police knew she was texting, and people who received the texts said she sounded half-asleep. Police tracked her location by her cellphone, but she had moved on by the time officers arrived.

Police finally found her slumped over the wheel, asleep, in the driveway of her old home in the town of Mount Maunganui, after what the AFP describes as a five-hour drive. She awoke with "absolutely no recollection of the events overnight," said a police sergeant. "We have sought an urgent order forbidding her to drive and to seek medical advice on her suitability to remain holding her driver's license." Scarier still, this wasn't a first: Ten months ago she took a drive while sleeping and ended up in another city. (Click for more strange and scary things we do while sleeping.)

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