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Latvian driver was over the limit

courtA LATVIAN man caused a stir in Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday when he faced a charge of drink driving, but had difficulty speaking and understanding English.

Aighrs Freimans, aged 25, of Capeston Farm, Milford Haven, pleaded guilty to driving along great North Road after drinking alcohol. When questioned he had to be asked a number of different ways to get an answer from him.

Prosecuting, Ellie Morgan said that at 11:30 pm on November 1, Officer Griffiths saw a car driving along Great North Road veering from side to side. The car was stopped and two people were in the car, the defendant and a passenger.

Freimans was spoken to. by Officer Griffiths who detected the smell of alcohol and upon being asked he admitted to having four pints of lager before driving. was asked to do a breath test, which gave a reading of 67, 35 being the limit.

Defence solicitor, Mark Layton said: that Freimans agrees to the charge and has been fully co-operative at the roadside and at the station. He understands that he will be disqualified today and does not wish to take the driver rehabilitation course.

Magistrates disqualified Freimans for 18 months, though due to him having a Latvian driving licence, he is still allowed to drive in Latvia. He was also fined a total of £349 to pay within two months.