A 30-year-old man from Swindon has been disqualified from driving for almost two years and ordered to pay a total of £1,272 costs after pleading guilty to a number of driving offences.
Nathan Fray, of Ascham Road, Grange Park, appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court on 19 September and pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle without a licence, drink driving, using a vehicle without insurance and criminal damage.
Shortly after 3am on Sunday 17 September 2016, a member of the public reported a vehicle being driven dangerously in Tewkesbury Way, Swindon.
Fray had visited a friend in Toothill where he had consumed a large amount of vodka and told police in interview that he was ‘very drunk’ while he was driving. He stated that he could not remember how he got into his car or where he went after.
The criminal damage charge relates to an incident which occurred in Liverpool in May 2016.
PC Paul Bezzant said: “Not only did Fray put himself in danger, he put many other road users in danger as he drove erratically through the streets of Swindon, even driving on the wrong side of the road along Wootton Bassett Road, with no lights on, forcing other road users to take action to swerve out of the way of Fray’s vehicle.
“When officers attended the vehicle in Tewkesbury Way, Fray was slurring his words and in a confused state.
“It is extremely fortunate that nobody was injured, or worse, killed.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of not getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. The dangers of drink driving can never be underestimated. Driving while under the influence of drink can affect your judgement, reaction times and speed, as well as putting lives in danger.”
Anyone who has concerns about someone they believe may be drink driving, should call police on 101. If an emergency, call 999.