Asleep at the reins

Hertfordshire Mercury, 17th April 1915


On Tuesday at Ware Petty Sessions, Henry Walker, of Little Hadham, was summoned for riding asleep.  He did not appear.  P.C. Frogley said that on Wednesday, March 31, at about 4 a.m., he was on duty at St Margaret’s, when he saw a pair of horses attached to a wagon coming from the direction of Hoddesdon.  There was no light on the vehicle, and the leading horse was straggling from one side of the road to the other.  Outside St Margaret’s Station the witness stopped the horses, and found the defendant sitting at the bottom of the wagon with a sack around his head.  He woke him up and made him get out and light his lamp, and took his name and address.  The defendant said ‘I was not asleep guv’nor’.  The reins were lying loose.  Supt Handley said there were 23 convictions against the defendant, and only last Wednesday he was up at Cheshunt Bench for a similar offence.  The defendant was fined 13 shillings.

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