Milford Haven man 'boxed his own shadow' before drink driving
2:50pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in County News
A Milford man who was seen to hug a concrete pillar and his own shadow on a wall, box the shadow and urinate in a doorway, before driving home, has been banned from driving for 22 months.
Huw Morgan Williams, 43, of Pill Road, Milford Haven, was found to have 79 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – more than double the legal limit of 35 – Haverfordwest Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.
Williams pleaded guilty to driving his white Citroën van on Hamilton Terrace, Milford Haven, on September 4, while over the legal drink-drive limit.
Prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard-Jones said at around 1am, four young girls sitting in a car at the docks saw Williams leave a bar.
He was acting in “a rather bizarre manner” and was seen hugging a concrete pillar and his own shadow on the wall, attempting to box it.
“It gives a whole new meaning to the term shadow boxing,” Mr Pritchard-Jones said.
Williams was also seen to urinate in a doorway, before getting into his van and driving off.
The girls were concerned that he appeared to be drunk and called the police, the court heard.
They then followed the van and used a mobile phone to record Williams’ van swerving from side-to-side.
He managed to reverse park into a space, narrowly missing another car, the court heard.
When interviewed by police, Williams said: “I honestly thought I had walked home.”
Mark Layton, defending, said: “The facts aren’t entirely accepted in relation to what’s perhaps some bizarre conduct.
“Mr Williams may well have hit the pillar or wall out of frustration after a difficult few months.
“He does not agree that he hugged either, or that he boxed his own shadow, and disputes that he urinated in a doorway.”
Williams was also fined £110, ordered to pay £85 costs and has to pay a £20 victim surcharge.