Wrexham teacher says pills affected breath test

Published date: 24 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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AN out-of-work teacher was found driving almost three times the  alcohol limit after an argument with his wife.

But Manuel Sabio, 47, of Norman Road, Wrexham, claimed medication he was taking could have affected the breath test reading.

He was driving away from his home on December 28 to visit a family friend when his car left the road and crashed through a wooden fence on Bersham Road.

Sabio admitted driving with an alcohol level above the limit at Wrexham Magistrates Court.

He failed a roadside breath test and later returned a reading of 101 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 mls of breath, almost three times the 35mg limit.

John Wylde, prosecuting, said officers reported smelling alcohol on Sabio’s breath and noted he was slurring his words and was unsteady on his feet.

Representing himself, Sabio said the test may have been affected by pills he had to take after a triple heart bypass operation.

He admitted he had been drinking alcohol as he prepared a meal at home while his wife and children were out of the house.

When his wife returned, Sabio said they got into an argument and, not wanting to upset his children, he decided to drive to a friend’s house for some advice.

He said he crashed because he had to swerve to avoid a head-on collision with an oncoming car.

Sabio added: “I honestly did not realise I’d be over the limit.”

District judge Andrew Shaw adjourned the case until February 12 to allow Sabio time to speak to a doctor about whether the pills he was taking could affect an alcohol reading.

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