Driver thought alcohol had cleared his system
A MAN who drove the day after a late night drinking session has appeared in court charged with drink- driving.
Kashif Iqbal, aged 34, of Carmel Road, Swansea, was stopped by police while driving on Peniel Green Road.
When officers tested him he was found to have 49 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal level is 35 micrograms.
He then asked for it to be checked with a second blood test, which also showed he was over the limit.
He told police he had been out with a friend in Caerphilly the night before and had stopped drinking in the early hours. He then completed a day at work and drove back to his home in Swansea at 5pm.
David James, for Iqbal, said his family ran three shops called Discount World, one in Caerphilly, another in Merthyr and a third season shop in Porthcawl.
Mr James said his client had thought that by leaving more than 12 hours between his last drink and driving, he would be under the legal limit.
He said that was why his client asked for a second test because he did not think he could still be over the limit.
"It's something that people do not realise. They don't know how long you need to stay away from alcohol until your breath becomes under the limit. It's something that no-one, without the assistance of a breathalyser kit, would know," he said.
Iqbal was banned from driving by city magistrates for 12 months. He was also fined £200 and told to pay £85 in costs as well as a £20 victim surcharge.