An Irishman who drew attention to himself by falling asleep in his car while it was still running in Sydney's east has been charged after he was allegedly found to be carrying almost 1000 ecstasy tablets.
Kingsford residents became concerned on Monday morning when they discovered a man asleep in a hire car in their street.
They called police to Meeks Street where they found John Michael Phillips asleep in the driver's seat with the car's engine running.
The 31-year-old, who is in Australia on a residential bridging visa, woke and then allegedly tried to drive off.
He was stopped by the police, who then searched his car and found 984 ecstasy tables.
They also breath tested Mr Phillips, who allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.06.
He was charged with supplying a commercial quantity of prohibited drugs, supply prohibited drugs, possess prohibited drugs and low-range drink driving.
The Irish national, who had been living in Darwin, sat quietly in the Waverley Local Court dock dressed in a white polo shirt and jeans when his matter was briefly heard on Tuesday morning.
He did not apply for bail and it was formally refused. Documents before the court said that police feared he posed a flight risk as he had no community ties.
The matter was adjourned to Sydney's Central Local Court for April.
The story Sleeping driver caught with almost 1000 ecstasy tablets: court first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.