A BASINGSTOKE drug driver has been banned from getting behind the wheel for three years.

Gary Bennett, of Cliddesden Road, on Friday, September 22, last year, drove a Chevrolet Captiva in Jefferson Road, Basingstoke.

It was found that he had 521 micrograms of benzoylecgonine per litre of blood - the legal limit is 50.

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The 59-year-old pleaded guilty on Monday, January 15, and during the same hearing, at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court, he was disqualified from driving for three years.

A fine of £300, court costs of £85 and a surcharge fee of £120 must also be paid.