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Stressed Airbus Broughton worker found unconscious behind wheel after drink-driving

A TEAM leader at Airbus Broughton, who was under severe stress at work, was found unconscious behind the wheel of his car with an empty bottle of vodka between his knees after a crash.

Andrew Phillip Anderson, 49, was four and a half times the drink-drive limit. A blood test showed he had an alcohol level of 362mg compared to the limit of 80.

On Saturday Anderson, of Parc Bryn Castell, Connah’s Quay, admitted drink-driving and dangerous driving following the incident on January 14. He was made the subject of an interim driving ban at Flintshire Magistrates’ Court at Mold.

On Tuesday magistrates decided against sending him to the crown court for sentence, but adjourned the case for a full pre-sentence report.

Prosecutor Matthew Ellis told how a witness drove over the Flintshire Bridge and saw Anderson’s Peugeot 208 join the A548 at Kelsterton. It drove into a gulley on the roadside, came back out and then joined the dual-carriageway and drove off towards Flint at about 50mph.

On a number of occasions it hit the nearside kerb and on the approach to Oakenholt Anderson overtook a cyclist and pulled to the other side of the road, into the path of an oncoming articulated lorry.

He stopped at a pedestrian crossing with the lights on red and three girls began to cross. But he started to drive and one of the girls had to jump out of the way.

His car was seen to go through red traffic lights and turn left into Church Street, where it hit a bollard and some fencing.

He was found with an empty 375ml bottle of vodka between his legs and a paramedic believed he was unconscious due to alcohol consumption.

Interviewed, he told police that he was employed as a team leader at Airbus but was off work with stress.The defendant said that he had been off sick since before Christmas, on the morning of the incident he had returned to work for the first time, but was sent home because staff realised he was not coping.

Phillip Lloyd Jones, defending, said his client had a very important job.

He had found it extremely difficult to cope, but the company was aware of his illness and had been able to find him a less stressful job.