Drink-driver was found sleep­ing in van

Carmarthen Journal - - News -

A SITE man­ager from Car­marthen was found sleep­ing in a van with three flat tyres while more than dou­ble the drink-drive limit.

Martin An­drew Davies, 29, pleaded guilty to be­ing in charge of a ve­hi­cle while over the le­gal al­co­hol limit, when he ap­peared at Haver­ford­west Mag­is­trates’ Court on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

Sian Vaughan, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court that po­lice re­ceived a re­port that Davies’ Vaux­hall Combo van was parked on a round­about reser­va­tion on the A477 at Sage­ston at 10.15pm on Oc­to­ber 12.

“Of­fi­cers at­tended and ap­proached the van, the engine was run­ning and they could see a male oc­cu­pant asleep in the driver’s seat. They noted the ve­hi­cle had three flat tyres.”

Of­fi­cers tried to wake Davies up, and he stirred a lit­tle be­fore fall­ing back to sleep. Miss Vaughan added: “He could not an­swer sim­ple ques­tions and was ob­struc­tive when of­fi­cers tried to hand­cuff him and take him to their ve­hi­cle.”

Davies, of Heol Salem, John­stown, Car­marthen, was found to have 87mg of al­co­hol in 100ml of breath when taken to Haver­ford­west po­lice sta­tion, the le­gal limit is 35mg. David Elvy, de­fend­ing, said Davies was pre­vi­ously of clean char- ac­ter. “He says he was in the ve­hi­cle ef­fec­tively sleep­ing off the ef­fects of drink­ing ear­lier. The ve­hi­cle had flat tyres and could not be prop­erly driven in any event.”

Mr Elvy told the bench that Davies’ work as a site man­ager in­volved driv­ing and he was wor­ried about be­ing able to pay his mort­gage if he lost his job.

Mag­is­trates banned Davies from driv­ing for 20 months and fined him £400. He was or­dered to pay £85 court costs plus a £40 vic­tim sur­charge. The chair­man of the bench said: “A mo­ment of mad­ness and your drink­ing has clearly had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact.”

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