Former Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones has refused to add to the party's statement regarding Bethan Jenkins' drink-driving arrest. Speaking at Plaid's weekly press briefing Mr Jones said,
I won't comment personally further on the matter. There are proceedings within the party dealing with matters like that.
Internal party procedures would be distinct from any Assembly action and separate of course to the police investigation into the case. When I asked Mr Jones to say more about what those party procedures involve, he would involve he would only say that,
There are rules drawn up by the group which are currently being used in the process.
Following the admission by Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Bethan Jenkins that she was arrested for drink-driving, a spokesperson for South Wales Police has issued this statement:
At around 1.40am on Sunday, October 14 in Llandaff, Cardiff, a 30-year-old woman from Neath was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. She has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Jenkins has just issued this statement about her drink-driving arrest. She's been suspended from the party's Assembly group.
In the early hours of Sunday morning I drove from a friend's house, where I was staying, in the direction of my home, whilst under the influence of alcohol.
There are no excuses for what I did, and I am profoundly sorry.
I am fully aware of the seriousness of this incident, and the danger, to myself and to others, of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.
This is something I deeply regret and I will fully accept the punishment I am given.
In recent weeks I have been receiving help from a medical professional and a counsellor to deal with a recognised health problem. There is no excuse for this incident, but I am clear that I now need to address this issue as a matter of urgency. As such, I am receiving professional medical support for depression, something I am only beginning to come to terms with.
I will also be resigning my spokesperson role for the Assembly group on Heritage, Welsh Language and Sport.
I would like to thank the police for ensuring the safety of others and that of myself in the action they took, and I apologise profusely to them for adding to their already difficult workload.
Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Bethan Jenkins has been suspended from her party's Assembly group after being arrested for drink-driving.
A Plaid spokesperson said,
Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol is a reckless and irresponsible act, and we regard this incident with the utmost seriousness. Bethan Jenkins has been suspended from the group while the process of justice takes its course.