A HEREFORDSHIRE driver has been banned from the roads for more than a year after drink-driving.

Filipa Da Silva entered a guilty plea to one count of driving while over the alcohol limit to magistrates in Cheltenham in August. 

The court heard from prosecutor Sandra Massiah that the 20-year-old had been caught out in Gloucester's Oswald Road after getting behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta while over the drink-driving limit on July 29.


An evidential breath test revealed that Da Silva, who was represented at the hearing by defence solicitor Miguel Blanco, had 53 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Da Silva, of The Den, Ross-on-Wye, was disqualified from driving for 14 months and fined £120 for the offence, with magistrates saying they had taken the guilty plea into account when deciding on the penalty.

An £85 prosecution costs order and a £48 victim surcharge order was also imposed by the court.