Drunk driver "mistakenly" arrested at airport - court

First published in News by

A FORMER university porter who was arrested at an airport has admitted driving while drunk after hearing news about his past.

Anthony Turner, 39, of Malcolm Sargent Close, Newport, admitted driving a Saab 9-5 car at Sullivan Circle in the city while over the legal alcohol limit on July 6, when he appeared before Newport Magistrates Court yesterday (Monday).

Ruth Hale, prosecuting, told District Judge Martin Brown that police officers followed Turner along the A48 in Newport shortly after midnight on July 6 when at one point he was driving at more than 80 miles per hour in a 50mph zone.

They turned into Malcolm Sargent Close and knocked on the door of a house where a Saab 9-5 was parked in the driveway with its bonnet and wheels still warm.

Turned appeared intoxicated and went to the police station where he later admitted the offence, the court heard.

When tested his breath contained 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath, twice the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

Kate Lingley, mitigating, said Turner had been drinking at home that night when he received a call from his sister claiming that she'd obtained an NSPCC report about his past before he was adopted.

"He went into town and consumed more alcohol," said Ms Lingley, who said Turner had been laid off from his job as a building supervisor at the University of South Wales in Treforrest, pending the outcome of the hearing.

Judge Brown said Turner had tried to rearrange his bail date with police but had mistakenly been arrested an airport.

Turner was fined £100 as well as £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £20. He was disqualified from driving for 20 months.

The Argus contacted Gwent Police for a comment.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:11am Tue 12 Aug 14

davidcp says...

What a confusing headline.
What a confusing headline. davidcp
  • Score: 31

9:43am Tue 12 Aug 14

lcu06rjt says...

davidcp wrote:
What a confusing headline.
After reading three times I can't find where an airport fits in to the story.
[quote][p][bold]davidcp[/bold] wrote: What a confusing headline.[/p][/quote]After reading three times I can't find where an airport fits in to the story. lcu06rjt
  • Score: 31

1:38pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Dolieboy says...

So he was arrested at home in Malcolm Sargent Close. Does he have a microlight in the back garden. The only mention of airport is in the headline. Did they arrest the wrong man at the airport ? Is this a competition to guess where airport fits in ?
So he was arrested at home in Malcolm Sargent Close. Does he have a microlight in the back garden. The only mention of airport is in the headline. Did they arrest the wrong man at the airport ? Is this a competition to guess where airport fits in ? Dolieboy
  • Score: 17

4:24pm Tue 12 Aug 14

davidcp says...

If you read carefully (it took me FOUR goes) it appears that he missed a police station bail appearance because he was mistakenly arrested for something else at an airport, somewhere.

But you had to work it out, hence the poor headline.
If you read carefully (it took me FOUR goes) it appears that he missed a police station bail appearance because he was mistakenly arrested for something else at an airport, somewhere. But you had to work it out, hence the poor headline. davidcp
  • Score: 1

11:21pm Tue 12 Aug 14

John_frost says...

So the story is basically, man gets banned for drink driving. Why didn't this one break on sky news??
So the story is basically, man gets banned for drink driving. Why didn't this one break on sky news?? John_frost
  • Score: 4

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree