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UK News Driver involved in A55 Rhuallt Hill crash was nearly four times the drink-drive limit

21:45  01 july  2020
21:45  01 july  2020 Source:   dailypost.co.uk

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a man looking at the camera: Steven Whyman, of Woodland Road, in Leeds, who was caught nearly four times the alcohol limit © North Wales Police Steven Whyman, of Woodland Road, in Leeds, who was caught nearly four times the alcohol limit

A drink driver who was almost four times the alcohol limit when he collided with a wagon on the A55 has been jailed.

Police said Steven Whyman drove off without leaving his details following the crash on May 29 on the A55 westbound of Rhuallt Hill, Denbighshire.

But the 45-year-old was found by officers a short time later at around 9pm asleep at the wheel on the on-slip of the A55, St Asaph Business Park. Officers could also see the damage that was caused to the front of his campervan.

Whyman, of Woodland Road, in Leeds, was arrested after failing the roadside breath test and he was taken into police custody. There he gave a reading of 139 which is almost four times the legal limit of 35.

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Yesterday magistrates at Llandudno jailed him for 16 weeks and he has also been disqualified from driving for 39 months. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128.

PC Martin Done of the North Wales Police (NWP) Roads Policing Unit said: “Thankfully nobody was injured during this incident however the consequences could easily have been fatal.

"Choosing to drive when impaired by alcohol is dangerous and unacceptable. I don’t think people are quite grasping the full extent of the danger drink-driving poses. Those that do take the risks clearly don't think about the families of those who have died at the hands of a driver who is under the influence of alcohol.

"We’re committed to help make the roads safer and we have a robust strategy around enforcing the ‘Fatal 5’ offences which includes drink driving.

"I welcome the sentence given and hope it sends a strong message to anyone who considers drink driving to be acceptable."

Police urged members of the public who suspect someone is driving whilst under the influence, to report it immediately to North Wales Police on 101 (or 999 if they are posing imminent danger) or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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