A SELF-EMPLOYED pest control officer has had to close his business because of a driving ban.

Aeron Jones, 42, from Wrexham was stopped by police for drink-driving but then failed to provide a statutory breath test at the police station.

He was banned from driving for two-and-a-half years at North East Wales Magistrates Court.

He was also placed on a 12 month community order and must complete 175 hours of unpaid work.

Jones, 42, of St Margaret's Way, Acton, admitted he failed to provide a breath test at Wrexham police station on Sunday, October 21.

Prosecutor Justin Espie said police officers attended an accident in Wrexham between a Juke and a Transit.

At the scene Jones said he was driving one of the vehicles, he provided a positive roadside breath test and was taken to Wrexham police station.

It was alleged he became obstructive, refused to answer questions without a solicitor being present and failed to provide a statutory sample.

But in interview he admitted driving and being involved in a collision and agreed he had no medical defence for failing to provide a test.

Euros Jones, defending, said his client appreciated that he would be disqualified but it would have a devastating effect.

In a letter to the court, Jones said it terrified him to think of what could have happened on the night and he was genuinely sorry for his “disgraceful decision to drive”.

Jones said he had never done such a stupid thing before and would not do so again.

It had been a difficult year with family illnesses and his own health. He recently split from his partner and “with the build-up of everything I lost sight of what was important”.

He had not drunk since that night and would not do so for the time being.

The Mold court Jones ran his own business as a sole trader and had to inform his customers that he would no longer be able to provide a service.

He had terminated his contracts and was closing his business.

Unfortunately, he said, he was also waiting for a knee construction operation.

Probation officer Tracey Flavell said he had made a stupid and out-of-character decision to drive that night and was aware of the potential consequences.

District judge Gwyn Jones said there were no significant aggravating features and Jones had no previous convictions.