DROVE OFF WITH AIR HOSE AT­TACHED

Re­peat drink-driver with ‘de­lib­er­ate dis­re­gard to road users’ safety’ jailed:

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Glyn Bellis

ADRINK-DRIVER drove from a garage fore­court with an air hose still at­tached to his de­flated tyre, a court heard.

Mag­is­trates were told Robert Holmes, of Trem Eryri, Me­nai Bridge, failed a road­side breath test but he re­fused to give a spec­i­men at Caernar­fon po­lice sta­tion.

It was his third drink-driv­ing of­fence in a few months, the court at Caernar­fon heard.

The 34 years-old was jailed for 26 weeks and banned from driv­ing for 52 months af­ter his re­lease from prison.

He ad­mit­ted crim­i­nal dam­age at Tyn Lon garage, Llan­fair PG, An­gle­sey, af­ter the pros­e­cu­tion said the air-line snapped.

He must pay also £200 com­pen­sa­tion. Holmes ad­mit­ted fail­ing to pro­vide a breath test on Au­gust 7 and also pleaded guilty to driv­ing a Toy­ota Hilux while un­fit through drink at Llan­fair PG two days later and fail­ing to stop af­ter a col­li­sion with a car out­side a store.

The pros­e­cu­tion said he was found slumped in his ve­hi­cle, clearly drunk, on that oc­ca­sion.

How­ever, the first of­fences were on June 9. Holmes ad­mit­ted drink-driv­ing at Abergele and at­tempted crim­i­nal dam­age to a Hyundai be­long­ing to a Good Sa­mar­i­tan who had stopped to help him when she saw the de­fen­dant stum­bling around near a parked van.

He must pay £95 com­pen­sa­tion af­ter her rear wind­screen needed re­plac­ing.

Pros­e­cu­tor Diane Wil­liams said in Novem­ber Holmes had con­vinced mag­is­trates to re­turn his li­cence early af­ter a four-year ban.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Carla For­far said Holmes had worked in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try but nine months ago “the wheels came off” and he was made re­dun­dant. Huge debts arose.

Mrs For­far said Holmes had been too ashamed to ad­mit he had been made re­dun­dant and pre­tended to go to work, but went to the pub in­stead.

The pro­ba­tion ser­vice said Holmes con­tin­ued to “min­imise” his be­hav­iour while seem­ing apolo­getic.

He had re­versed into a car con­tain­ing a child on Au­gust 9.

Court chair­woman Sian Payne told the de­fen­dant: “You have shown a de­lib­er­ate dis­re­gard to the safety of road users and prop­erty of oth­ers.”

Robert Holmes, of Me­nai Bridge, has been jailed for 26 weeks and banned from driv­ing for 52 months.

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