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WALES: 'Unlucky' man drowns his sorrows and gets driving ban.

A RUN of bad luck ended up with a North Wales man being banned from driving yesterday.

Magistrates heard how twice-married Douglas William Jardine's second wife booted him out of his home after 20 years.

Friends allowed the homeless 63-year-old to stay in their caravan on a farm at Cesailgwm Bach, Bontddu, near Dolgellau.

But on May 16 Jardine decided to go to Barmouth to drown his sorrows on a pub crawl.

He ended up drunk, fell into the harbour and had to be rescued.

Dolgellau magistrates were told he was arrested by police "for his own safety" and spent the night in the cells.

He was given a change of clothing by officers.

The following morning an officer gave him a lift back to Barmouth and asked him to return the spare clothes to police.

Jardine told the officer he had hidden the keys to his van in a wall somewhere in Barmouth.

He found the van keys and then returned the loaned clothing to the police.

But officers noticed his breath smelled of alcohol and tests showed that Jardine had 62 mgms of alcohol in 100mls of breath - the legal limit is 35.

Yesterday Jardine pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and was fined pounds 200, ordered to pay pounds 55 court costs and banned from driving for 16 months.

Maldwyn Parry, defending, said the police officer who gave him a lift back to Barmouth should have warned him about driving the morning after a heavy drinking session.

Magistrates were told Jardine was now living in a caravan at Pennant, near Welshpool. He told the court he would have to buy a bicycle to get around because of the remoteness of the caravan.
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Date:Jun 10, 2006
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