North East Wales

'Too drunk to walk' Brymbo driver banned

A motorist caught more than four times over the legal alcohol limit has been given a four-year driving ban.

Andrew West, 44, of Brymbo, Wrexham, was stopped in the town in October while driving a car with just three tyres and a loose bumper.

"You were too drunk to walk let alone drive," Judge Niclas Parry told him at Mold Crown Court.

West, who admitted drink driving, was also given a 24 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Elen Owen, prosecuting, said West was stopped by the police in Holt Road in Wrexham at 1945 BST on 22 October. He had a female passenger in the car.

The bumper on his car was hanging off and it was dragging along the road, and one tyre had disintegrated and was being driven on the wheel rim.

Miss Owen said that police took the view that it would have been impossible for him to control the vehicle.

West was staggering when he got out of the car and his speech was slurred and he was clearly heavily under the influence, the court heard.

The reading of 158 mgs, compared to the legal limit of 35 mgs, was "exceptionally high", she said.

Simon Rogers, defending, said West was a chronic alcoholic who was desperate for help.

Judge Parry told West that it was merciful that no one had been injured or killed.

"You put at risk yourself, your passenger and members of the public," he said.