Man drove 250 miles for North Wales camping trip – before drug drive arrest – North Wales Live

A man drove 250 miles from Kent to North Wales for a camping trip – before being arrested on suspicion of drug driving.

The motorist and a passenger carried out the four and a half hour journey from the south east of England to the village of Pentrefoelas in Conwy on Thursday.

North Wales Police’s Roads Policing Unit said they came across the driver on the A5, and he was subsequently arrested after “failing a roadside drugs test”.

A spokesman added: “Not only that, both the driver and passenger were reported for breach of Covid restrictions as they had travelled to the area from Maidstone in Kent to go camping.”

At the time of the incident, strict “stay at home” rules were in place in Wales and England, meaning people were not allowed to travel for non-essential reasons.

In Wales, “stay local” rules are now in place, but they still mean people should only travel around five miles from home as a “rule-of-thumb”.

The roads policing unit added that a number of drug drive arrests had been made in recent days.

They added: “Other drug drive arrests have taken place in Old Colwyn, St Asaph, Ewloe, Llangefni, Northop, Abergele, Glyndyfrdwy, Chwilog, Caernarfon, Denbigh, Llandudno Junction and Rhostyllen.

The police stopped 2,500 cars in the region last week, one visitor from Wigan was sent packing after saying he wanted to visit Talacre Lighthouse.

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“As well as drug drivers, vehicles have also been seized from disqualified drivers and those who are driving without insurance.

“Our patrols will continue, so if you have information regarding anyone you think may be driving whilst under the influence please let us know. You could save a life.”

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