A former RAF serviceman who was found to be five times over the limit after causing a car crash has spoken of his remorse.

The defendant was arrested after being found five times over the legal drink driving limit.

Wrexham Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday (9 October) that local trader Robert Lawley, 49, told officers on his arrest: “I’m an idiot, I’m lucky I didn’t kill some kids”.

The defendant, who runs Wrexham Cobblers in Henblas Street, crashed his car into three others and a wall at the People’s Market car park in Wrexham on Tuesday (8 October).

Over the drink drive limit

Mr Lawley, who has served with the RAF, pleaded guilty to driving while almost five times over the limit after being caught at the scene with 146 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

The recovering alcoholic, who has a previous drink driving conviction from 2011, suffered a relapse and got behind the wheel nearly five times over the 35mg limit.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, told the court that Mr Lawley was arrested at the scene and told officers he was “an idiot” and that he could have killed someone with his actions.

Defendant’s response

Stephen Edwards, defending, explained that Mr Lawley had enjoyed a “distinguished career” in the RAF but had become dependent on alcohol after falling on hard times.

He 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.”

District Judge Andrew Shaw banned Mr Lawley from driving until sentencing takes place at Wrexham Magistrates Court on 30 October.

The defendant has since been released on conditional bail.

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