A DRINK driver who took to the roads in Basingstoke has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Petre Simion, of Topsham Road in Exeter, on Thursday, January 25 drove a vehicle on the M3 in Basingstoke with 116 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

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During a hearing held at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on Thursday, February 15, the 53-year-old pleaded guilty to the offence.

Magistrates handed Simion a six-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Court costs of £85 and victim surcharge fee of £114 must also been paid.