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Driver who crashed and overturned car had ‘four shandies’

A driver whose car crashed and overturned said he had drunk “four shandies”. David Beech claimed he had had to swerve to avoid an oncoming car before the accident.

Beech, of Bro Deg, Ruthin, later admitted a drink driving charge following the incident.

He appeared before Llandudno Magistrates Court today and was fined and disqualified from driving for 14 months.

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Prosecutor Diane Williams said police received a report about a Seat Leon car on its roof on Llanrhydd Road in Ruthin. on July 1. She said police arrived and spoke to the driver, who was the defendant Beech.

She said: “He said he had swerved to avoid an oncoming car and collided with a kerb and a red stone wall and it caused the vehicle to flip”. An officer breath-tested him and the result was positive.

The court heard Beech was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan. There he provided a sample with a reading of 120 milligrams of alcohol in 100 mg of blood, with the legal limit being 80 mg.

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Graham Parry, defending, said his client, a grounds maintenance worker on construction sites, had drunk “four shandies” and was driving home. He added: “It did not help that he had not eaten.”

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