A man has been jailed at Cardiff Crown Court following a drink driving accident in which he narrowly avoided ploughing into a pub play area filled with children.
Prosecuting, David Pugh showed the court CCTV footage of the Newport man’s vehicle hurtling toward a group of terrified parents and children before stopping just short of the beer garden in which they were sitting.
The incident occurred on a sunny Sunday evening, just after 8pm on June 24. His van hit a kerb and went through the central reservation of the main road on which he was travelling. He ended up on the opposite side of the carriageway beside the pub and then attempted to flee the scene in the damaged vehicle.
Police caught up to him quickly, finding him in a bush holding his mobile phone and an unopened bottle of beer.
Arrested on suspicion of drink driving, tests showed him to have 107mcg alcohol per 100ml breath – the legal limit is 35mcg.
The court heard that the man had suffered a family tragedy, including the loss of a son, and had been suffering from problems with alcohol. This incident put him in breach of three previous community orders.
He had two drink driving convictions dating back to 2008 and 2015, as well as a conviction for criminal damage in which he had smashed windows of a church in Bristol causing £10,000 worth of damage.
Also in Bristol, he was convicted of a public order offence at a Harvester restaurant in which he spat in the face of a female customer and threatened to do the same to a police officer attending that scene.
Most recently he was convicted for assaulting another police officer attending the scene of another incident in which he punched a wall at his mother’s home while “intoxicated”.
Harry Baker, mitigating, asked that the man’s guilty plea be taken into consideration.
Judge Jeremy Jenkins told the defendant: “You drove perilously close to a children’s playing area and a beer garden where people were in the sunshine enjoying food and drink.”
He recognised the man’s “personal tragedy” saying: “It must have had a devastating effect on you, and still does.
“But, you simply cannot continue going on behaving the way you have.
“Since the tragedy, you have lost all self-respect and control. You have become alcohol dependent.
“You put your own life in danger and the lives of other children.”
The man was jailed for 14 months after pleading guilty to drink driving and dangerous driving, as well as banned from the roads for three years and seven months. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.
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