Unconscious driver was four times the limit

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AN unconscious Wigan driver found slumped at the wheel of his Range Rover was four times the drink-drive limit, a court was told.

Paul Davies, of Kingsdown Road, Abram, was unable to walk or talk after members of the public approached his car on Catherine Street, Scholes, in September of last year.

The 28-year-old was handed a 12-month community order and disqualified from driving for 12 months at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard that Davies - a successful estate agent who has been battling depression in the past year - had not driven the vehicle in his drunken state.

Bob Toppin, defending, said: “If it had of been a driving offence, he would be on his way to prison.

“Needless to say he does not remember much about that day. He remembers parking the car and getting back into it, that is it.”

Two passers-by became concerned for Davies’ welfare after failing to rouse him.

Because the vehicle was causing an obstruction, the pair pushed it to a nearby street and called the police.

The attending officers took Davies to Wigan Infirmary and noted that he needed assistance with walking. A bottle of vodka was found in his passenger door.

A blood sample revealed Davies had an alcohol level of 340mg, the drink drive limit is 80mg.

Mr Toppin told the court that his client had turned to drink as a result of his depression but has since taken positive steps to “turn his life around”.

He said: “This is a very ashamed and sorry young man. I would predict with 100 per cent certainty that I would not represent this man again in court as he will not appear.

“I could talk about his level of remorse for hours.”

Davies, who pleaded guilty to being in charge of a motor vehicle while unfit through alcohol, was ordered to carry out 250 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £95.

He also agreed to attend a drink driving awareness course.