A TEENAGER has been ordered to fork out hundreds of pounds after police caught him having illegally used a moped he bought via Facebook.

Mason Nicholas, of Prince of Wales Court in Jubilee Road, Buckley, appeared at Mold Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The 19-year-old admitted that on June 7 at Dobshill, he drove a motor vehicle after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in his breath exceeded the prescribed limit.

He further admitted that he used that motor vehicle without insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Rhian Jackson, prosecuting, told the court that at 4.50am on June 7 this year, police received information about a male and female acting suspiciously near Dobshill Petrol Station.

Officers attended and found the pair pushing a white Peugeot moped on the road.

The male, Nicholas, told the officers the vehicle belonged to him and he'd bought it for £220 two hours earlier in Wrexham after seeing it for sale on Facebook.

He admitted he didn't have documents for the vehicle and only had a provisional licence.

It was also confirmed that he did not have any insurance for the moped, but the defendant said he believed he was covered by the previous owner's policy.

The defendant gave a roadside breath test, which confirmed he was over the alcohol limit.

His evidential sample later returned a reading of 81 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the limit being 35.


Ms Jackson confirmed Nicholas was a "man of previous good character."

Gary Harvey, defending, said there was not much he could add to the prosecutor's statements other than the fact his client was on benefits.

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He said however: "He entered a timely guilty plea and made admissions in interview."

District Judge Gwyn Jones fined the defendant £200 for driving with excess alcohol, £100 for no insurance and no separate penalty for the licence offence.

He was banned from driving for 22 months and must pay £85 costs, as well as an £80 victim surcharge.