A DRINK-DRIVER from Herefordshire has been handed a hefty ban after he was caught while almost twice the limit.

Nathan Powell entered guilty pleas to driving a vehicle with an alcohol level above the limit, driving while disqualified and driving a vehicle on a road without third party insurance when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford on May 1.

The court heard from prosecutor Lauren Millichip that the 34-year-old had been caught behind the wheel of a Nissan Qashqai in Tower Hill, Williton, Somerset, while over the limit on March 23.

An evidential breath test revealed he had 61 microgrammes (mg) of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. This exceeded the legal limit, which is 35 mg.

Powell, of Three Crosses Road, Ross-on-Wye, was fined £50 and disqualified from driving for 48 months.


He has the opportunity to complete a drink-driving awareness course by March 7, 2027, which would reduce his ban by 48 weeks.

He was handed a 12-month community order and must attend up to 15 days of rehabilitation activities.

He must also pay costs of £85.