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A DRINK-DRIVER who was stopped on Aberystwyth’s Penglais Hill for speeding was trying to help a drunk friend of his girlfriend by taking him home, magistrates have heard.

The Cambrian News reported “Ieuan Rhys Evans, 19, admitted drink-driving after he was found to be more than two times the drink-drive limit in the early hours of 7 December. Evans also pleaded guilty to speeding.

Prosecutor Rhian Jones said Evans was stopped at around 3.30am when a police officer saw him driving at 41mph in a 30mph zone on Penglais Hill.

While speaking to Evans, of 35 Bryn Derw, Blackwood, the officer smelt alcohol and asked him to take a roadside breath test, which Evans failed.

Ms Jones said a breath test at Aberystwyth Police Station showed that Evans had 76 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Alison Mathias, defending Evans, said that he was apologetic and embarrassed about the incident.

Ms Mathias said Evans was visiting his girlfriend who is a student at Aberystwyth University and that they had been out drinking with friends. Evans had not been intending to drive.

But when a friend of his girlfriend got drunk and became ill Evans chose to drive him home to his flat at the top of Penglais Hill, which Evans now realised was a “foolish” decision.

A driving ban would inconvenience Evans in getting to his part-time job and when he is due to start a new college course, magistrates were told.

Evans was banned from driving for 17 months and was fined £120 and costs totalling £115″ here.

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