A DRINK-driver caught out behind the wheel of a man while over the limit on a busy main road in Herefordshire has been banned by magistrates.

Mindaugas Darvydas entered a guilty plea to one count of driving while over the alcohol limit when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford this month.

The court heard from prosecutor Lauren Millichip that the 44-year-old had been caught out on the A44 in Leominster after getting behind the wheel of a white Citroen Dispatch while over the drink-driving limit on November 4. He had been breathalysed by police after he crashed into a hedge.


The breathalyser test revealed that Darvydas had 66 microgrammes (mg) of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, almost twice the legal limit of 35 mg.

Darvydas, of Bannut Tree Estate, Bromyard, was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £120, with his guilty plea taken into account by magistrates.

He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £135 and a £48 victim surcharge, which is used to help fund services supporting victims of crime.