A 46-year-old Dursley man has been ordered to pay more than £1,800 and banned from driving for almost two years after pleading guilty to drink driving.
Simon Hayes, of Woodland Avenue, appeared at Barnstaple Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, October 18, charged with driving a Ford Ranger pickup while having a blood alcohol level of two and a half times the legal limit.
On 13 December 2021, Hayes was caught in Barnstaple with 204 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, the legal limit is 80 mg per 100 milliliters.
Hayes initially pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea on October 18.
He was fined £1,080, ordered to pay victims’ compensation of £108 and costs of £620.
Crown Prosecution Service, he must pay the balance by November 15.
He was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving license for 22 months. The period of disqualification will be reduced by 22 weeks if Hayes satisfactorily completes a course approved by the Secretary of State by January 16, 2024.