'Erratic' driver had drug in his boxer shorts
A LLANELLI man caught driving in an "erratic manner" had meow meow hidden in his boxers.
Mathew David Davies, 23, of Tan y Graig Road in Bynea, appeared at Llanelli Magistrates' Court last Thursday charged with possessing mephedrone and failing to provide a specimen for analysis following his arrest on June 18.
Prosecuting, Ellie Morgan told the court a police car had noticed a vehicle "travelling slowly and weaving from side to side" along Mountain Road towards Penymynydd at around midnight on the night in question.
She said: "Police followed the car for about a minute as it continued to weave in this erratic manner.
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"Police noticed his speech was erratic and that he was talking very quickly and very slurred.
"When he got out of the car police noticed he was unsteady on his feet, almost to the extent he was losing his balance.
"He had to lean on the vehicle to ensure he didn't fall over. His eyes were glazed."
She said the officer was suspicious Davies was under the influence of drink or drugs but a breath test showed there was no alcohol in his system.
"He was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit.
"He disclosed in custody he had some drugs hidden in his boxer shorts.
"Two small paper wraps containing white powder were found in his boxer shorts."
She said a medical practitioner confirmed that Thomas was unfit to drive and he agreed to provide a urine sample.
But on his second attempt he changed his mind, telling officers: "Why are you doing this to me? I just don't need to pee."
Mitigating, Dan Griffiths said Thomas had started to have problems with the drug.
He said: "He acknowledges he had absolutely no reason at all to not provide the police officer with the urine sample.
"He has openly and honestly acknowledged to you that his use of mephedrone earlier this year was more than recreational.
"It was turning into something of a problem.
"We all know the drug is widely available in the area and he was exposed to it a great deal.
"Initially he was not able to resist the temptation, as lots of young people do."
He said that since realising he had a problem with the drug, Davies had received counselling and no longer used the substance.
"He has nipped that in the bud," he said.
"He would wish to apologise for the commission of both of these offences."
Magistrates ordered Davies to complete 150 hours of unpaid work during the next 12 months, and pay £85 towards prosecution costs.