The manager of a motor company who crashed into a ditch was found to be 15 times over the drug limit for drivers.
When police arrived and found Matthew Graham Walker, 39, asleep behind the wheel he tried to reverse out of the ditch with the wheels spinning.
Walker, of Timberfield Road in Saughall, admitted drug-driving, having no licence and no insurance on June 5 on the A548 Sealand Road.
He was banned from driving for four years at Flintshire magistrates’ court at Mold on Tuesday (August 16).
The defendant received a 12-week prison sentence suspended for a year and was placed on ten days rehabilitation. He was also ordered to carry out 140 hours unpaid work.
The court heard how a member of the public contacted the police following a road traffic collision.
A Nissan Qashqai was in a ditch and when officers arrived Walker was asleep. When he woke he tried to reverse the vehicle out of the ditch.
Brian Cross, defending, said that at 4am his client had received a call – an emergency involving the key holder. He had not anticipated driving.
The defendant had been through an extremely traumatic time with family ill-health.
Probation officer Tracy Flavell said Walker accepted that he should not have been driving.
But he had been through a period of pressure in his life and that may have affected his decision making.
“He understands the potential consequences of his behaviour on others,” she said.
Motor company manager
Walker lived with his wife and two young children and was the manager of a motor company where he had worked for 18 years.
He conceded that he had been a heavy user of cocaine over the last two years.
The defendant had been seeking advice and support which had been of benefit to him.
He had now been free of drugs for some ten weeks.
Cocaine in system
District Judge Gwyn Jones said the amount of cocaine in his system was 15 times the limit.
That was a cause of concern to the court because the level of impairment was high.
“You should not have been on the road in such a state,” he said.
Immediate custody was justified but he took into account his immediate guilty plea and the fact that he was in employment.