A BANNED driver has been handed a suspended sentence after he was caught in charge of a car while over the limit in Herefordshire.

David Garbett entered a guilty plea to one charge of driving while disqualified and one charge of being in charge of a motor vehicle while over the alcohol limit when he appeared before magistrates in Kidderminster in October.


The court heard from prosecutor Val Hart that the 59-year-old had driven a Vauxhall Corsa on a road in Coddington, Ledbury, while disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence on October 20.

He had also been in charge of the Vauxhall Corsa in Coddington while over the alcohol limit on the same date, with an evidential breath test revealing he had 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Garbett, who is of Rundlemead, Mathon, was handed an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and disqualified from driving for 12 months. He must also complete a six-month alcohol treatment programme and pay a £154 victim surcharge.

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