AN ELDERLY driver was caught drunk behind the wheel in Rochford.

William Darby has been banned from driving after being pulled over in the town on October 9 last year.

The 85-year-old man of Rayleigh Road, Leigh was stopped by suspicious officers on Southend Road when he was driving a Peugeot 107.

He was given a roadside breath test and found to have 57 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, which is over the legal limit.

Darby appeared before Southend Magistrates’ Court where he admitted the single count against him, having previously denied the charge.


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The magistrates’ bench chose to give Darby a fine as a punishment for his crime.

He must pay a total of £155, along with £105 in prosecution costs, and a £34 victim surcharge.

Darby was also banned from driving for a total of 14 months, and must take an extended test before being allowed on the roads again.

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