Farmer crashes tractor whilst intoxicated

|News, Driving offences

An intoxicated man driving a tractor which collided with another vehicle has been given a custodial sentence today.

Andrew Duggins, 29, was refused service at a public house in Pontarddulais. Staff at the pub saw him leave and get into a New Holland tractor and drive away. Duggins collided with a Mercedes van shortly afterwards on James Street.

Kathryn Jones of the CPS said: “Anyone who drives a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs is putting not only themselves, but other motorists and pedestrians at risk.

“It is fortunate that nobody was seriously injured as a result of Duggins' actions.

“The CPS was able to piece together CCTV footage with witness accounts to present a strong, clear case which gave rise to early guilty pleas.”

Andrew Duggins was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment which was suspended for a year.  He was disqualified from driving for a four year period and ordered to serve a sixteen-week curfew, together with a twenty-day rehabilitation requirement.

Notes to editors

  • Kathryn Jones is a District Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • Andrew Duggins entered guilty pleas to Driving whilst unfit through drink; Driving without due care and attention; Failing to stop after an accident.
  • All offences occurred on 14 July 2017.

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