Coedpoeth man “shunted” other vehicle during drink-drive – DollarJob

Coedpoeth man “shunted” other vehicle during drink-drive

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Callum Williams, of the B5430 in Coedpoeth, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old admitted that on February 5 this year, he drove a Vauxhall motor vehicle after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in his breath exceeded the prescribed limit.

He also admitted that on that occasion, he failed to stop after an accident, he obstructed police and drove without insurance – whilst also being disqualified.

Prosecutor Justin Espie told the court that police were informed of an incident which happened at around 5.30pm on the day of the offences.

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A man had reported a white van shunting his vehicle while exiting the A483 at junction 4 (Ruthin Road) off slip.

The driver of the other vehicle slurred his speech and drove off after refusing to give his details, the man told officers.

Police found the vehicle in question in Coed Efa, New Broughton.

Williams was “slumped behind the wheel” and after providing a positive alcohol breath sample, he gave the police false details.

When taken to custody, he provided an evidential sample of 108 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the limit being 35.

At the time of the offences, he had no insurance and had been banned from driving.

Stephen Edwards, defending, told the court that after the collision, his client had driven down a back-road and “fallen asleep.”

He added: “He is in full time employment as a construction worker and is in a steady relationship.

“Drinking is an issue, which is sadly evidenced by his record.

“It’s something that has crept up in recent years and he has said he would embrace help and support.

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“He is intelligent enough to know the court will be looking at all options.”

A probation officer told the court: “Mr Williams said he shouldn’t have been driving and there was no excuse for it – except he was in a state of impaired judgement due to the alcohol he’d been consuming.

“He had to run some errands and said it was a severe lapse of judgement [to drive].

“He had no recollection of the trigger for the binge-drinking before driving the van.”

District Judge Gwyn Jones handed down an overall sentence of 16 weeks imprisonment – but suspended it for 18 months.

Williams must undertake 15 days of rehabilitation activity, as well as a six month alcohol treatment requirement and 160 hours of unpaid work.

The Judge told him: “It is clear alcohol is a massive issue for you and it’s got to be addressed.

“While you may think you’re reasonably fit, physically, the amount of vodka you consume isn’t tenable in the long term.”

Williams was banned from driving for 48 months and must pay £85 costs as well as a £154 victim surcharge.



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