A MAN who took a car and crashed it whilst more than twice the drink-drive limit has been told he could have killed someone.

Adam Leversedge, of Castlefields in Whittington, Oswestry, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Monday.

The 31-year-old admitted a raft of offences, including; aggravated vehicle taking, assault of an emergency worker, drink-driving, failing to stop after an accident, driving whilst disqualified and whilst having no insurance.

Prosecutor Justin Espie told the court that at around 6pm on January 24, police received a call about a collision in Grosvenor Road, Wrexham.

The defendant had "rammed" into the back of a stationary vehicle before driving off down Rhosddu Road.

Enquiries revealed that the vehicle the defendant was driving was registered only to a female in the Oswestry area.


The vehicle was tracked down to the car park at the Rhosddu Spar store, where Leversedge told officers: "I think you're here for me."

He made an immediate admission to the crash, claiming he had not seen the car he collided with.

The defendant said he'd had an argument with his partner and taken the vehicle.

He was breath tested and found to be over the alcohol limit, after which things deteriorated.

Leversedge became "aggressive" - forcefully pushing the officers and getting one in a headlock.

Ultimately, he had to be tasered and put in handcuffs, as well as leg restraints.

An evidential reading completed in custody showed he had 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the limit being 35.

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A probation officer told the court: "He feels, looking back, that he had some form of breakdown.

"He feels disgusted by himself and appreciates the police were only doing their job.

"And he does have quite significant issues with alcohol.

"Probation officers are more than willing to work with him again - we would like to re-examine some of the work he's done in the past."

Euros Jones, defending, told the court: "There is a serious alcohol problem here and he is desperate to take further assistance.

"The question is whether you can suspend a period of imprisonment and allow him to work with the probation service.

"He is in receipt of benefits if you impose a financial element."

Debbie McKinnel, chair of the bench, told the defendant: "You could have killed someone - and yourself.

"To jump in a car, twice the limit, and then hit another before driving off - it's very bad and there's no two ways about it.

"We need to get to the root of the problem in terms of what's going on here.

"I know your life is not where you want it to be at the moment, but there are people in this world who feel you stand a chance and you're worth it.

"The bench is listening and wants you to have that chance."

The court handed down a 12 month community order with an alcohol treatment requirement, 20 days of rehabilitation activity and a fine of £200.

He must also pay a £114 victim surcharge, as well as £85 costs - and was banned from driving for three years.