'Sleep driving' defense gets DUII tossed

PORTLAND -- The Oregon Supreme Court tossed out a Portland man's drunk driving conviction.  The ruling allows him to use a sleep driving defense.

In 2008, James Newman was driving with a blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit.  Newman went to jail and then to court.  Newman's attorney argued that he was sleep driving.  The judge refused to hear it and convicted Newman.  The Oregon Supreme Court tossed out the conviction.

"Every criminal defense lawyer must be salivating over this as a potential defense," said Bruce McCain. Read more at KGW.com...

Author of the article: 
Mike Benner