Babell drink-driver was three times legal limit

Published date: 11 March 2014 |
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A DRIVER stopped by police was found to be three-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit.

Simon Mark Holloway, 27, admitted driving with 122 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath, compared with the legal limit of 35.

It was his third such conviction in the last 10 years.

John Wylde, prosecuting, said that Holloway, of Babell, near Holywell, had previous convictions in September 2005 and July 2007.

At Flintshire Magistrates Court he was bailed pending sentence but an interim driving ban was imposed.

Police saw Holloway driving a Rover in the early hours of February 16 in Water Street in Caerwys.

Holloway admitted failing to stop after the court heard how they followed him around various streets in the town before he drove onto an embankment on the Penycefn Road, leading to the A55.

Damian Sabino, defending, said his client pleaded guilty to both offences, but it was his case that the car behind did not have blue lights initially and that he had stopped at the first safe place he found.

He had alcohol issues, Mr Sabino said.

He had split from his partner and various issues had built up, but until his arrest he had continued to work as a full-time tiler.

The previous convictions were seven and nine years ago.

Magistrates said that it was a very high reading, but that they would bail him pending sentence so that he could be seen by the probation service.

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