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Drink-driving football club chairman gets lengthy road ban after crashing into railings

A football club chairman who crashed into railings twice while over the drink-drive limit has been banned from driving for 30 months.

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Mark Weiland said he had drunk up to seven pints of cider at a festival before trying to drive

Mark Weiland, aged 35, of Townend, Presteigne, was also placed on a 12-month community order and has to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

He admitted driving on Bridge Street, Knighton, on August 26 with 122 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35mg. Weiland also admitted possessing cocaine on the same date. He appeared at Llandrindod Wells Magistrates Court on Wednesday, September 13.

Prosecuting, Ms Suzanne Cartwright said Weiland, chairman of Presteigne Football Club, pulled out in front of a truck, almost hitting it and hit metal railings. He then crashed into railings 30 metres up the road. Police arrived and found a bag with a white powder in the car.

In interview, Weiland said the drugs were for his own use but he had not taken any before driving.