a man has been disqualified from driving for 40 months after he pleaded guilty to drink driving.
Paul Buckwell, aged 63, of Launcelot Close, Andover, appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court on 2 November and was fined £200, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge, costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service as well as being disqualified from driving.
On 23 May, Buckwell entered a petrol station in Laverstock smelling strongly of alcohol. He was seen by an officer getting into the driver’s seat of a Volkswagen Golf and driving off.
The vehicle was subsequently stopped on the A343 at Middle Wallop by officers and he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. A sample of blood was taken while Buckwell was in custody – the result of which showed he had 217 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood – well in excess of the legal limit.
PC Kieran Leibrick said: “This case highlights the consequences of drink driving. If you drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car, you are putting lives at risk, including your own.
“Time and again we tell people it is not worth the risk – I hope this case shows that we will stop those we suspect of drink driving and you will be put before the courts.
“Buckwell will now be unable to legally drive for 40 months – one careless decision has impacted his life for the next three years.”