A SERVING soldier was caught drink-driving in a Hereford street, magistrates have been told.

Thomas Haynes admitted one count of drink-driving when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Prosecutor Mark Hambling said police had spotted 33-year-old Haynes driving a Ford Focus, which they said appeared to have a foreign object attached to one of its tyres in Hereford's Blackthorn Close at 11.30pm on October 27.

Officers followed the car and spoke to Haynes after he pulled up on his driveway before taking him to Hereford police station, where an evidential breath test revealed he had 48 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.


Chris Read, for Haynes, said the circumstances were somewhat troubling.

"He has pleaded guilty but we would wish to advance special reasons to avoid disqualification," Mr Read said.

Mr Read said Haynes is a serving soldier and has suffered a recent injury while in service.

The case was adjourned and Haynes, who is of Hay Lease Crescent, Hereford, will appear before magistrates next on January 1.

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