Anger over baby hoax blamed for drink-drive crash
A LLANELLI man who went out celebrating after being told he was to be a father — only to find out later it was a hoax — crashed his car, a court has heard.
Nursing assistant Darren Smith said he was "not thinking clearly" when he crashed his uninsured car following the drinking session.
The 32-year-old from Trinity Road pleaded guilty at Llanelli Magistrates' Court to one charge of driving a car when above the alcohol limit and one charge of using a motor vehicle on a road without third party insurance.
Gerald Neave, prosecuting, said Smith had been told on August 4 that he was going to be a father, so began celebrating by drinking heavily.
Later the same day he was told the news was a hoax and to relieve his frustration he went for a drive in his car, which had been declared as off the road.
After driving aimlessly around town he crashed his silver Alfa Romeo into a parked car on Olive Street and returned home.
When police knocked on his door Smith replied: "Yeah, it's me."
He was taken to Llanelli Police Station for a breath test and was found to be nearly three times the legal limit.
When questioned by police he said he could remember stopping at a nearby garage and had a faint recollection of the crash.
When interviewed by the probation service he said: "What I did was entirely irresponsible. I could have killed someone."
Smith also mentioned that he had taken similar risks in the past after drinking.
He said he drank between four and six cans of lager every day and was currently receiving counselling to help deal with his alcohol problem.
He was given a community order with a supervision requirement for 12 months.
He was also fined £250 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £60 victim surcharge.