A NEWTOWN man has been banned from the road for a year after admitting drink driving.

Samuel Davies, 26, was stopped by police in the early hours of September 30 and discovered to be over the drink drive limit.

He admitted a charge of drink driving at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, October 17.

Prosecutor Helen Tench said Davies was stopped driving a Ford Transit on Llanidloes Road, Newtown.


“It was 2am and PC Gates was on patrol and saw the defendant driving,” she said.

“He stopped him and asked if he’d been drinking, he said he had and he smelt of alcohol. A roadside test was positive and he was arrested.”

Mrs Tench said Davies had no previous record. Davies’ reading was 47 micrograms of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Self-employed Davies, of Lon Pantyllyn, Newtown, told the court he had nothing to say.

He was disqualified for a year, and was also fined £500, told to pay a £200 surcharge and £85 costs. He can reduce his ban by completing a drink driving awareness course.