A DRINK-DRIVER was three-and-a-half times over the limit when behind the wheel on a rural road in Herefordshire.

Michael Wardle, of Dorstone, had 125 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when his green Nissan Micra was stopped in Pont Y Weston at 9am on August 5.

Eleanor Peart, prosecuting at Hereford Magistrates Court, said the 55-year-old was seen by a member of the public reversing into a fence post.


Police attended and arrested Wardle, with a roadside breath test being positive. 

In defence, Chris Reid said his client, who pleaded guilty to drink driving, has actively been engaging with Turning Point.

Wardle was handed a 12-month community order and disqualified from driving for 52 months. He also has  to undertake 15 alcohol rehabilitation treatment programme lasting six months. 

Magistrates also fined him £1,200 and said that he must pay court costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £114 respectively.