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Penyffordd man caught drink-driving told police he’d had ‘a skinful’

A 21-YEAR-OLD stopped by police because of a defective light told police he’d had ‘a skinful’.

Christopher John Hughes, of Min y Ddol, Penyffordd near Mold, was found to be twice the drink-drive limit.

At Flintshire Magistrates Court, Mold, he was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £200 and told to pay £105 costs.

District Judge Andrew Shaw was told that in the early hours of December 9 police were monitoring traffic on the A541 in Penyffordd and saw a Fiesta with a defective head light. They followed it, watched it negotiate a roundabout with no signals and saw it ‘drifting from side to side’ before turning toward Padeswood, where it went through a large puddle of water. Officers stopped and spoke to him, asked how much he had to drink he said more than a pint, and he gave a positive breath test at the roadside.

On the way to the police station he said he had drunk a skinful, and he blew a reading of 74 microgrammes of alcohol on the intoxiliser, compared to the legal limit of 35.

Fiona Larkin, defending, said: “He does regret his behaviour, which is completely out of character.”