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Drunken gesture to drivers led to court fine

MOTORISTS called the police to say a drunken man was gesturing at them as they drove between Sychdyn and Mold.

Police went to investigate and Joseph Keith Edwards, 24, ran across the road toward the front of the police car making a gesture with his middle finger.

But realising the car occupants were police officers he stopped what he was doing.

Edwards, of Maes y March, Mold, was arrested following the incident in the early hours of October 5 and was clearly drunk, said prosecutor David Boycott.

At Flintshire Magistrates Court, Edwards admitted a charge of being drunk and disorderly and he was fined £185 and ordered to pay £60 costs.

Brian Cross, defending, said Edwards did not believe he had an alcohol problem but it was clear he needed to cut down on his drinking.

He was a man who worked hard in the week but, like many young men, drank at weekends, sometimes to excess.

District Judge Andrew Shaw told Edwards he should look carefully at his own assessment of his drinking.

He had two previous convictions for drink-driving and it may be he was not dealing with alcohol very well.

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