Driver was almost three times over the limit

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A man caught behind the wheel of a BMW when he was nearly three times over the drink drive limit has been banned from the road for almost two years.

Anthony Hughes, 28, admitted having 93 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of his breath when he was driving the car on January 26 this year.

The legal alcohol limit for drivers in the UK is 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard that police stopped Hughes, of Stocks Road, Ashton, Preston, when he was driving in Eldon Street, Plungington, Preston.

Magistrates said disqualification from driving was “obligatory for the offence”.

They disqualified Hughes from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 23 months.

Magistrates also fined him £465 and ordered him to pay £85 court costs to the Crown Prosecution Service and a £47 victim surcharge.

Hughes agreed to pay the amount at £100 per month.

Magistrates said he could have his disqualification reduced by 23 weeks if he satisfactorily completes a driving awareness course, which could cost up to £250.

Statistics show that 280 people died due to drink driving in the UK in 2011.

By drinking and driving, you risk your life and those of your passengers and others on the road. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive.

You risk a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record.