Cardiff Magistrates' Court. Credit: Alfie Reynolds

Police stopped driver because of his tinted windows – and found him over drink-drive limit

POLICE got more than they bargained for when they pulled over a driver on Cowbridge Road West because of his heavily tinted front windows, a court heard.

Driver Andrew Galloway “appeared to be intoxicated” when they started speaking to him, Cardiff magistrates court heard.

And when officers gave him a roadside breath test, he failed it and was arrested.

Galloway, 35, of Monthermer Road, Cathays, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence when he appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Ross Mcquillan-Jonson told the court how Galloway was stopped by police on Cowbridge Road West on November 26 at 2.45am.

“A heavily tinted front window originally caught the attention of the officer on duty. The defendant appeared to be intoxicated when getting out of the car,” said Mr Mcquillan-Jonson.

The father-of-five, who was defending himself in court, said: “It was a silly mistake on my part. I have no excuses for my actions.”

Chairman of the magistrates bench Mr Ivor Morley disqualified Galloway from driving for 19 months, which can be reduced by 19 weeks upon completion of a drink driving awareness course.

Mr Morley said: “Before you attempt to drive again you must apply to the DVLA for a driving licence.”

Galloway must also pay £645.