AN ANDOVER man has been banned after he was caught drink driving by police.

On May 23 Paul Buckwell, of Launcelot Close, walked into a petrol station in Laverstock smelling strongly of alcohol. He was then seen by an officer getting into the driver’s seat of a Volkswagen Golf and driving off.

He was later stopped on the A343 at Middle Wallop by officers and 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 – the legal limit is 80.

At Salisbury Magistrates Court on November 2 Buckwell pleaded guilty to drink driving.

The 63-year-old was disqualified from driving for 40 months, fined £200, and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

PC Kieran Leibrick, of Wiltshire Police, 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.