Bucks motorist avoids jail after drink driving near Tring at twice the limit

A motorist from Bucks has been banned from driving after admitting to using his car under the influence near Tring at double the legal limit.
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Ben Thompson, 45, of Station Road, Long Marston, has been jailed for illegally driving in his village.

At a hearing in High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court yesterday (15 August), he was disqualified from driving for one year and five months and fined £414.

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He was sentenced at High Wycombe Magistrates Court yesterdayHe was sentenced at High Wycombe Magistrates Court yesterday
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He pleaded guilty to one count of driving whilst over the prescribed limit of alcohol.

Thompson was arrested following an incident in Long Marston on 29 July.

Thames Valley Police officers from the Rural Crime Taskforce were patrolling the area when they spotted Thompson.

They thought the Long Marston man looked drunk when he was stood on the pavement outside of a pub in Station Road.

Instead of getting a lift or a taxi, Thompson drove off in a black Ford Ranger.

He was pulled over by officers and breathalysed, he failed the test and was subsequently arrested.

In custody, Thompson provided a reading of 61ug on the evidential breath machine, almost twice the legal limit.

PC Ryan Dollery, of the Rural Crime Taskforce, said: “Thompson chose to risk driving the three-minute walk home while intoxicated rather than walk it.

“We’d like to remind the public that drink-driving is not acceptable and although we cannot be everywhere at all times, we can be anywhere at any time.

“Please report suspected intoxicated drivers to us by calling 999, and if you know of a regular drink-driver, please report this information to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.”