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Rugby great JPR Williams 'tried to trick breathalyser'

Former Welsh rugby star JPR Williams put coins in his mouth to try to trick a breath test when he was arrested for drink-driving, a court heard yesterday.

Williams, who played fullback for the all-conquering Welsh sides of the 1970s, was fined £380 and banned for 17 months after admitting the charge.

Cardiff Magistrates Court heard the 61-year-old was stopped in his red Audi cabriolet after spending the day watching a rugby match.

Hannah Norton, prosecuting, said officers immediately smelled alcohol and took the British Lions legend to a police station.

She said: “Mr Williams had to be instructed twice to remove items from his mouth, those being three one-penny coins.

“Your worships, there is a myth that copper from those coins can interfere with breathalyser machines at the police station.”

A blood sample showed he had 142mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

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