Former Welsh sporting international Non Evans has been banned from driving after failing to provide a specimen of breath to police.
The 45-year-old was behind the wheel of her BMW when it was involved in a crash with another BMW in Fairwood Road, Gower , on November 27.
Police who arrived on the scene had no device to measure her breath so took her back to Swansea Central Police Station where she attempted on five occasions, but failed, to provide a specimen of breath.
Swansea Magistrates’ Court was told Evans, who represented Wales at judo, power lifting and wrestling, as well as winning 87 caps at rugby, had struggled to come to terms with retirement from international sports , and there was a ‘real possibility of drink issues being explored by the NHS’.
Prosecuting, Lisa Jones told the court Evans, of Rotherslade Road, Langland , had appeared ‘unsteady on her feet and smelt of alcohol’ when she spoke to officers following the collision, who described her movements as ‘slow and laboured’. They also discovered a 35 centilitre bottle of whisky in her vehicle.
She added that officers were not in a position for a roadside breath test as they had no device with them, and despite her attempts at the police station ‘clearly she was not providing a sample’.
Evans, of Langland, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis.
Mitigating, Jonathan Wilkins said the partial samples Evans provided were not evidential samples, but they were indicitive. Had she given further breath it was accepted by the defence she would be over the limit, he said.
He added: “Since 2012 she has struggled with retirement from international sport.
“She has issues being explored by the NHS related to post sport depression, which is reasonably common with athletes who compete at a high level.”
The court was told Evans, who was supported in court by members of her family, currently worked as a medical sales representative, and losing her licence would have a ‘challenging’ impact on her ability to carry out her job.
Sentencing, district judge Neale Thomas said: “You have pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis. The case is made worse by the fact there has been an accident.”
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He added it was plain there was some evidence alcohol had been consumed while driving.
“On the other hand you have pleaded guilty and you have references that are commendable”.
He sentenced Evans to a community order for 12 weeks, with one requirement of a 10pm to 6am curfew, to be monitored by an ankle tag.
She was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £90 surcharge.