A DRINK-driver who was seen "swerving" whilst towing a caravan on the A483 has lost his licence.

Gary Taylor, of Belvedere Road in Burnley, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Monday.

The 39-year-old admitted that on June 20 this year, he drove a motor vehicle on the A483 in Wrexham after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in his breath exceeded the prescribed limit.

Prosecutor Justin Espie told the court that police were travelling on the A483 at Ruabon on the day in question, when they came across the defendant's vehicle.

He was towing a caravan and displaying poor standards of driving; including "swerving across the centre line" of the road.

When officers spoke with Taylor, he smelled of alcohol and provided a positive roadside test.

After being arrested, the defendant provided an evidential sample of 54 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35.


He had two relevant previous convictions, Mr Espie said, meaning the court was obliged to impose a minimum driving ban of three years.

Ceri Lewis, defending, told the court: "Mr Taylor was co-operative with police and has entered a timely guilty plea.

"He disputes the manner of driving but is not minimising the fact he was over the limit.

The Leader:

"He'd consumed alcohol earlier in the day, had a sleep and something to eat.

"He thought he was under the limit."

The Magistrates handed down a £120 fine and ordered Taylor to pay £85 costs, as well as a £48 victim surcharge.

He was banned from driving for 36 months.