Hospital row man almost three times drink-drive limit
10:34am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
The 62-year-old Towy Valley man who made international news when he was forced to walk 23 miles in sub-zero temperatures after being discharged from hospital at 2am on New Year’s Day has been banned from driving for three-and-a-half years.
Peter Rees, of 29 Bro Dawel in Llanwrda, previously revealed how he was discharged from Glangwili Hospital during the early hours of January 1, 2013, without a penny in his pocket after being rushed in by ambulance suffering a serious chest infection and uncontrollable coughing fits.
After treatment, the former BBC man was forced to walk to Llandeilo before a passing police patrol took him the final part of the journey, eventually arriving home at around 8am.
Rees was certainly not so pleased to see officers on the road at the time of the latest incident.
Ellie Morgan, prosecuting, told Llanelli magistrates how a member of the public had contacted police at 7pm on August 8 claiming Rees was over the limit.
He was spotted by officers driving a Fiat Stilo along the A40 between Llandeilo and Llanwrda.
“He was speeding up and slowing down, but staying within the speed limit and was veering within his lane of the carriageway,” Ms Morgan told the court.
“The car’s movements did concern the officers and the vehicle was stopped.”
Ms Morgan said Rees “smelled strongly of alcohol”.
Magistrates were told how Rees regularly downed half a bottle of gin each day, and – when stopped by police – was returning from a trip to a Llandeilo off-licence.
He was taken to Llanelli police station where a liquid sample showed he had 309 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine. The legal limit is 107.
Ms Morgan told the court that Rees had also been banned for drink-driving in 2007.
Steve Lloyd, defending, told the court that Rees had turned to alcohol after losing a high-flying job some four years ago.
“That work took him all over the world, but it came to an end and he has been unable to find employment since,” said Mr Lloyd.
“He has gone from a position of being very well-off to debts accruing.
“He has found solace in alcohol.”
Mr Lloyd said Rees has not drunk any alcohol since September 16.
“He has taken the first step in conquering the alcohol issue,” said Mr Lloyd.
“He wants to get back to where he was.”
Rees admitted drink-driving.
Magistrates banned him from driving for 42 months and imposed a 12-month supervision order.
Rees was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and £60 legal surcharges.