BANNED: Drink driver twice the limit on A343 at Middle Wallop

Hampshire Police car (Mike Draper) (4)

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 6:58pm 12th November 2018. (Updated at 7:08pm 12th November 2018)

A Hampshire man has been disqualified from driving for more than three years after he pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Salisbury Magistrates heard how Paul Buckwell  went into a shop in Laverstock on 23rd May this year smelling strongly of alcohol.

The 63 year from Launcelot Close in Andover was seen by a police officer getting into the driver’s seat of a Volkswagen Golf and driving off.

The vehicle was subsequently stopped on the A343 at Middle Wallop by officers and he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

A sample of blood was taken while Buckwell was in custody, the result of which showed he had 217 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood – the legal limit is 80.


Buckwell appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court on 2nd November and was banned from driving for 40 months.

He was also fined £200, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Salisbury Law Courts
Salisbury Magistrates Court

PC Kieran Leibrick said:

"This case highlights the consequences of drink driving. If you drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car, you are putting lives at risk, including your own.

"Time and again we tell people it is not worth the risk - I hope this case shows that we will stop those we suspect of drink driving and you will be put before the courts.

"Buckwell will now be unable to legally drive for 40 months - one careless decision has impacted his life for the next three years."


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