Chirk ‘drug driver’ drove car on three tyres

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A MAN who had taken prescription drugs drove on after a crash with just three tyres on his car.

Stuart Lloyd, 33, arrived home and told his father there was something wrong with his silver Vauxhall Corsa.

When his father went outside, he found one of the front tyres was missing.

Lloyd, unemployed, of Longfield, Chirk, admitted driving dangerously and while unfit through drugs.

He was banned from driving for two years and was fined £330 with £100 costs at Wrexham Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Mold.

At 11pm on June 5 a collision occurred at Woodlands Terrace in Froncysyllte, said prosecutor John Wylde.

The vehicle hit a wall and the driver made off towards Chirk, without stopping. A member of the public tried to follow but could not keep up.

Police found a tyre in the road and later found Lloyd’s vehicle with only three tyres.

Lloyd later phoned the police and said there were about 10 youths outside his home on push bikes with their lights on.

He was not making a great deal of sense and when officers tried to contact him, he did not answer his phone, the court heard.

Police went to his home and Lloyd was arrested but there was no reading on an alcohol test.

Lloyd said, however, he had taken eight tablets and drunk some beer.

He failed an impairment test carried out by a police doctor but refused consent for a blood test.

It emerged both his parents had tried to stop him driving, fearing he had taken something, but he locked the doors and driven off – only to return half an hour later in the damaged vehicle.

He had told his father the car was pulling to the left. The vehicle was missing its front left side tyre.

Lloyd had taken prescription medication for depression, the effects of which had been exacerbated by alcohol.

Gavin Rogers, defending, said Lloyd was single, had no previous convictions and was living at home with his parents, who were shocked by his behaviour.

He was on benefits and had suffered a great deal of depression following a broken relationship with a partner. His memory of the events were vague.

Youths were in the street that night and he got into the car to get away from them.

He had been attacked by local youths in April when he ended up in hospital with a fractured jaw and broken teeth. They had been goading him and causing him a great deal of distress.

“He realises he did put people in danger but fortunately no-one else was injured,” Mr Rogers said.

Lloyd was planning to move to London to do a degree course in biology and chemistry and was awaiting funding.

He had shown genuine remorse, Mr Rogers told the court.

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