A MAN who drove his injured friend to hospital in the early hours of the morning was over the drink-drive limit, a court heard.

Cameron Bailey, of Wheatsheaf Lane in Gwersyllt, Wrexham, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Monday.

The 21-year-old admitted that on June 21 at Watery Road, Wrexham, he drove a motor vehicle after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in his breath exceeded the prescribed limit.

Prosecutor Justin Espie told the court that at around 2am on the day in question, CCTV operators saw the defendant driving in the car park at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Police officers were sent to the scene, following which Bailey provided a sample of 51 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35.

Laura MacMillan, defending, told the court: "He's a man of previous good character, which he is set to lose today.

"On the night in question, he was drinking with his friends when his friend fell over and cracked his head open.


"He was bleeding profusely and needed treatment.

"Mr Bailey decided to drive him to hospital and he knows now he should not have done; he should have called an ambulance."

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Ms MacMillan said her client's decision had been made "in the panic of the moment."

The Magistrates fined Bailey £400 and ordered him to pay a £160 victim surcharge, as well as £85 costs.

A driving ban of 12 months was imposed.