Thursday 26 April 2018

Drunk man stole his boss's car and crashed it - then stole boss's other car and crashed that as well

David Morgan was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. "You can suspect all you want", he told police

David Morgan is a 'menace to other road-users'
David Morgan is a 'menace to other road-users'
Parkhill Terrace, Treboeth Photo: Google Maps

What's the worst thing you've ever done around your workmates?

Had a few too many drinks at the office Christmas do, perhaps, and chatted up the wrong person? Sent an off-colour email to the whole department by mistake?

Well, whatever you've done, it will almost certainly pale in comparison to what Carmarthenshire man David Morgan got up to with his boss's car, writes Michael Moran of The Quirker.

Morgan ‘borrowed’ his boss’s Land Rover without asking and crashed it. Then, while he was on bail for that offence, he took his boss’s Mini and crashed that as well. Into three cars.

Parkhill Terrace, Treboeth Photo: Google Maps
Parkhill Terrace, Treboeth Photo: Google Maps

He was over the alcohol limit on both occasions.

Swansea Crown Court heard that in July this year Morgan was disqualified from driving for 14 months for a drink-driving offence — but the following month he got drunk and took a Land Rover that belonged to his employer and crashed it into a van.

Morgan then drove off — and crashed into a car, injuring the driver, before making good his escape by driving away on the pavement.

The court heard Morgan was recognised by witnesses and was arrested by police nearby on suspicion of dangerous driving, to which his response was: "You can suspect all you want".

A subsequent breath test showed he had 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath — the legal limit is 35.

The court heard that while he was on bail for those offences he went on a similar escapade — in October he took his by now former employer's Mini without his consent and later crashed it into three cars parked on Parkhill Terrace in Treboeth, causing more than £4,000 worth of damage to one of the vehicles and writing it off.

The 35-year-old was subsequently arrested and taken to Swansea Central police station — but while undergoing an evidential breath test he pulled the plug on the testing machine, causing it to crash.

He was tested again, and the test showed he had 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Morgan, of Vicarage Lane, Cwmdu, had previously pleaded guilty to five offences relating to the October incident, including aggravated vehicle taking, driving under the influence and obstructing a PC, and to two offences relating the August incident — dangerous driving and driving while disqualified — when he appeared via videolink at the crown court.

Frank Phillips, in mitigation, said there was "another side" to his client's character who was a hard-working man, but he accepted he had a problem with alcohol.

Judge Paul Thomas QC said that when Morgan got drunk and got behind the wheel he was a "menace" to other road-users, and that was something the courts "will not tolerate".

The judge sentenced Morgan to a total of two years in prison, and disqualified him from driving for five years.

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