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Car salesman avoids the sack after drink driving charge leads to 18-month ban

  • Car salesman from Pembrokeshire banned from driving for 18 months
  • Oliver Lewis was more than twice the drink drive limit when police saw him trying to park
  • 23-year-old keeps job at GRS Motor Group after showing ‘genuine remorse’

Time 6:56 am, May 8, 2022

A car salesman has avoided getting the sack after he was banned from the roads for drink driving.

Oliver Lewis works for GRS Motor Group in Pembrokeshire but was facing up to losing his role after being pulled over after boozy dinner.

The 23-year-old was observed by officers as he tried to parallel park his Renault Captur after a meal with his family in Haverfordwest, on April 16.


Police saw him make multiple attempts at fitting into the space before giving up and parking elsewhere.

He was then spoken to by officers and admitted to drinking four beers before getting behind the wheel, the Western Telegraph reports.

The salesman was then taken to the local police station where he returned a breath test that was more than double the drink drive limit.

Results showed he had 82mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath – well over the legal limit of 35.


Lewis has now appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to drink driving.

He was handed an 18-month driving ban but agreed to undertake a drink-driving awareness course to reduce his disqualification.

He was fined £422 and ordered to pay a £42 surcharge and £85 costs.

Despite the ban, it was confirmed in court that GRS Motor Group decided against sacking Lewis and he has since been able to return to work.

Stuart John, mitigating, said: ‘If his parents had been aware, they would have stopped him.

‘Judging by his demeanour and his body language, he feels a genuine remorse over what has happened.’

He added: ‘Fortunately, he has retained his job so at least there appears to be a degree of good news’.

Pictured: Haverfordwest Magistrates Court (PA Images)

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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