A former council roofer who drove his Ford Transit through Ystradgynlais whilst over twice the legal drink-drive limit has been jailed by Swansea Crown Court.

Jason William Harris was seen by police driving his Ford Transit along the A4067 in Ystradgynlais at around 10.15am on June 8.

Police checks confirmed that as well as having no insurance nor tax, Harris had previously been disqualified from driving.


Speaking to him, it became clear to the officers that he was intoxicated.  A roadside breath test was carried out which proved positive and subsequent breath tests showed that Harris’s lowest reading was 75mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

 Harris, 50, of Birchgrove, Swansea pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, driving without insurance, driving without a valid driving licence, and driving while disqualified.

His solicitor, Mr Hywel Davies said Harris had "made the foolish decision to drive following a period of extreme depression and negative and fearful thoughts. His reasoning behind driving was getting out of the area he was in. He thought it was best to get out of Swansea and into a quieter area."

Recorder Mark Powell QC adjourned the case for a number of days to allow the probation service to investigate the matter.

When the case returned to court this week , Recorder Powell sentenced Harris to eight months in prison and banned him from driving for three years.

"I appreciate that this is going to cause you difficulties but that was your responsibility when you chose to drive whilst disqualified", he said.