Judge tells man he was “drink driving a pram”
A COURT has heard a man was “drink-driving a pram” when police were alerted by worried members of the public.
The 34-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to being drunk in charge of a child when he appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
The incident happened on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 12.
Prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard- Jones said: “At just before 4pm, members of the public called police after seeing a man pushing a child in a buggy who seemed to be under the influence of drink or drugs.
“He was having difficultly walking in a straight line.”
One lady who saw him followed him to a residential property in the town. Officers then attended the home.
Mr Pritchard-Vaughan said: “He was very drunk (when he opened the door) and had to repeat himself two or three times for the officers to understand what he was saying to them.
“The officers asked if he was in charge of the child, which he said he was.”
The court heard that the child was sat in the hallway behind the defendant with a colouring book as he spoke to officers.
The man, who gave a Burry Port address in court, was looking after the child due to her mother being out.
There was no-one else at the address. The child was the taken into protective custody.
Defence solicitor Gareth Jones said the man had a history of alcohol misuse but since the offence had abstained.
District judge Neil Thomas said: “This is a serious allegation, you were drink-driving a pram and it was fortunate that no accident occurred.”
The man was fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 costs