Wales

Ex-WRU chairman Glanmor Griffiths gets driving ban

A former chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union has been banned from driving after admitting failing to provide a breath sample to police.

Glanmor Griffiths, 71, was reported by another motorist who suspected drink-driving, Cardiff magistrates heard.

Police found Griffiths' car parked by the roadside and saw him nearby in a "slightly unsteady" state.

His solicitor said he had no previous convictions. He was banned from driving for 14 months and fined £900.

Cardiff magistrates heard Griffiths was pulled over after driving off and was asked to provide a breath test three times.

He admitted to having two pints of bitter an hour and a half earlier and agreed to provide a breath sample.

But the court heard that after three separate occasions, and after demonstrations about how to form a seal round the breathalyser, Griffiths continued to hold his breath.

After a final warning he blew into the device and gave a reading of 49 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Misunderstood

Prosecutor Mike Evans said that while in custody police tried to obtain two further specimens for analysis but found Griffiths was uncooperative.

Griffiths, of Cyncoed, Cardiff, admitted failing to provide a breath sample without a reasonable excuse.

He was the president of the WRU in 2007 after being involved in the sport for two decades.

Mr Griffiths spearheaded the Millennium Stadium building project for the WRU and served 19 years as treasurer and finally chairman, before standing down in 2003.

Terry Vaux, defending, told the court his client had no previous offences and his behaviour could be explained because the experience was so alien to him.

He said Griffiths' slight swaying was because of his age and he had misunderstood the breathalysing procedure.

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