Flintshire man convicted of ninth drink-driving offence

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A BINGE drinker has admitted driving with excess alcohol for the ninth time.

To make matters worse Andrew Mark Williams, 47, was nearly four times the drink-drive limit.

Williams, of Penyfelin, Nannerch, near Mold, had drunk three litres of cider and a medium-sized bottle of vodka when he got behind the wheel of his Peugeot 307.

A Mold court heard he went to buy more alcohol after his father had poured some of his drink away.

Prosecutor Huw Evans told Flintshire magistrates it was Williams’ father who alerted police because he feared the danger his son posed on the road.

Police could not find him but they later found him back at his home address.

Williams could not remember driving but added if his father said he had, then he must have done.

He provided a positive breath test and a later intoxilyzer test showed he had 137 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath, compared to the legal limit of 35.

Williams, who also admitted having no licence, no insurance and no MOT, appeared in custody but magistrates bailed him pending sentence today.

They imposed an interim driving ban and bailed him to live at home.

He is not to enter licensed premises and he must remain indoors at night between 7pm and 7am on a curfew order.

Magistrates said he posed a danger to the public getting into a car with that sort of alcohol reading, which they said was “very, very high”.

Mr Evans said it was Williams’ ninth drink-driving conviction and he had been jailed in the past.

“The defendant clearly poses a risk to the general public if he is allowed access to any motor vehicle,” Mr Evans said.

Fiona Larking, defending, said Williams was a binge drinker who could go long periods without touching a drop.

But he started drinking on Wednesday, continued on Thursday, and had driven then to get more alcohol.

There were three convictions for drink-driving in the past 10 years and it was clear Williams could go for long periods without getting into trouble.

He had gone off the rails when his wife of 13 years died suddenly.

Williams did not seek to make any excuses but Miss Larking said he could benefit from probation service intervention.

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