Depressed AM makes apology for drink-driving
A PLAID AM has apologised after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, while speaking out about suffering from depression.
Neath-based Bethan Jenkins, regional member for South Wales West, was stopped by police in Cardiff in the early hours of Sunday.
The AM said she was “profoundly sorry” following the arrest. She has since been suspended from Plaid’s Assembly group.
“In the early hours of Sunday I drove from a friend’s house, where I was staying, in the direction of my home, while under the influence of alcohol,” she said in a statement.
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“There are no excuses for what I did, and I am profoundly sorry.
“I am fully aware of the seriousness of this incident, and the danger, to myself and to others, of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
“This is something I deeply regret and I will fully accept the punishment I am given.”
The AM also spoke out about suffering from health problems.
She added: “In recent weeks I have been receiving help from a medical professional and a counsellor to deal with a recognised health problem.
“There is no excuse for this incident, but I am clear that I now need to address this issue as a matter of urgency.
“As such, I am receiving professional medical support for depression, something I am only beginning to come to terms with.
“I will also be resigning my spokesperson role for the Assembly group on heritage, Welsh Language and sport.
“I would like to thank the police for ensuring the safety of others and that of myself in the action they took, and I apologise profusely to them for adding to their already difficult workload.”
Meanwhile a spokeswoman for the Plaid Assembly group said: “Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a reckless and irresponsible act, and we regard this incident with the utmost seriousness. Bethan Jenkins has been suspended from the group while the process of justice takes its course.”