A TRADER who ploughed his car into three others and a wall while five times over the limit told police he was lucky he had not killed children.
Magistrates yesterday heard how Robert Lawley, 49, who had once served with the RAF and now ran Wrexham Cobblers in Henblas Street, told officers on his arrest: “I’m an idiot, I’m lucky I didn’t kill some kids.”
He pleaded guilty to driving with 146 micrograms of alcohol per 100 ml of breath at a hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court, almost five times over the 35 mg limit.
The court heard how the recovering alcoholic suffered a relapse and crashed his car at the People’s Market car park in Wrexham on Tuesday.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, told the court that Lawley, who had a previous conviction for drink driving in 2011, was arrested at the scene and told officers he was “an idiot” and that he could have killed someone with his actions.
Stephen Edwards, defending, said: “The defendant is in no doubt of the seriousness of his position and he realises he was way over the drink driving limit.
He appreciates that his previous conviction will count against him and he is deeply remorseful.
“He does not know why he has relapsed but clearly it has resulted in dire consequences.”
Mr Edwards added that Lawley, of Western Avenue, Blacon, Chester, had enjoyed a “distinguished career” in the RAF, but had fallen onto hard times and had become dependent on alcohol.
He added that Lawley was in a settled relationship but his wife had flown out to Cyprus days before the incident.
District Judge Andrew Shaw adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report before Lawley is sentenced on October 30 at Wrexham Magistrates Court.
He added that Lawley was banned from driving until the sentencing date and released him on conditional bail.