A MAN from Rhyl has been handed a driving ban after he rode an electric bike in the town while exceeding the alcohol limit.

Gavin Prior, 44, of Grange Road, was disqualified from driving for 16 months at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court today (April 29).

He admitted charges of driving above the alcohol limit and without third party insurance.


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The court heard that, on April 10, a police officer on duty in Rhyl spotted Prior riding a black e-bike on West Parade in excess of the 30mph speed limit and not using its pedals.

Prior was stopped, and was said to have “smelled of intoxicants”, with his “eyes glazed” and his “speech slurred”.

He was tested for alcohol, which returned a reading of 60 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

The UK legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

In mitigation, Prior had no previous convictions, and was said to have been “absolutely devastated” to find himself in court.

He had no intention to commit these offences, the court was told.

Prior’s driving ban will be reduced to end on May 8, 2025 if he completes a drink-driving rehabilitation course by March 8, 2025.

In addition, he will pay a £120 fine, £85 in costs to the prosecution, and £48 in court costs.

This amounted to a total payment of £253.