MAGISTRATES have banned a drink driver from taking to the roads for more than a year.

On Monday, January 30, last year, Luke Harman, of Culver Road, drove a black Clio in Festival Place car park in Basingstoke with 52 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

He pleaded not guilty to the offence on Thursday, February 23, last year, but was convicted of the offence on Monday, January 29, this year. Harman was not present during the hearing.

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On the same date of the hearing the 30-year-old failed without reasonable cause to surrender to custody at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court, having been released on bail.

He pleaded guiltily to this offence on Thursday, February 8 and was sentenced for both offences.

Magistrates ordered fines of £220 to be paid and disqualified Harman from driving for 14 months.

Court costs of £225 and a surcharge fee of £88 must also be paid.