Drink-driver was found sleeping in van
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.”