Father jailed after fourth road offence
A FATHER dropped his children off at school — and then went to prison following a court appearance.
Alexander Richard Jones was sent down after admitting his fourth driving conviction in ten years.
The 44-year-old, of Gloucester Place in Swansea's maritime quarter, had been stopped by police in Singleton Street on August 8, due to the manner in which he was driving.
Swansea Magistrates' Court was told that officers smelled alcohol on his breath, but he refused to do a roadside breath test, and again declined when taken into Swansea central police station.
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Jones pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen, driving without a licence or insurance and to possessing four diazepam tablets.
The court heard Jones had been at a restaurant with friends, and had made arrangements to leave his car and collect the following day, but after drinking a bottle of wine "he had foolishly made the decision to drive the vehicle home".
The court heard Jones has three previous convictions for excess alcohol within the past ten years.
He had been disqualified from driving, and had not been reapplied to get insurance.
In mitigation, Dan Heard, representing Jones, told magistrates his client had not previously sought help for alcohol.
He said: "He has asked me to express his apologies to the court.
"He came to court in the full knowledge he may be going into custody.
"He took his 11-year-old twins to school this morning, not knowing whether he would be there when they come back.
"He has never previously sought help for his alcohol use before, and the children are understanding it has an impact on their lives."
Jones was sentenced to four months imprisonment, and banned from driving for four years.