Drink driver pleads guilty to being double the legal alcohol limit in Swindon

A stock photo of a roadside breathalyser test <i>(Image: Getty)</i>
A stock photo of a roadside breathalyser test (Image: Getty)

DRIVING over double the legal limit for alcohol has landed a Swindon man in big trouble.

Kevin Pike, 38, of Beechcroft Road, Swindon, has been disqualified from driving after being caught over the limit.

He was stopped by an officer in the early hours of December 29 on Marlborough Road whilst driving a Ford Focus ST.

During this, an officer noticed that Mr Pike appeared to have been intoxicated and carried out a breath test which was positive for alcohol, with a reading of 62 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath (the legal limit being 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath).

Appearing before court in Swindon, Mr Pike pleaded guilty to drink driving and was given a 16-month driving disqualification, a £200 fine and he was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and CPS costs of £85.

Drink driving is one of what Wiltshire Police calls the 'Fatal Five' road traffic offences - this also includes speeding, drug driving, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

The force launched a campaign in January this year called "Project Zero" to crack down on drivers who might be committing one of the fatal five.