A HAMPSHIRE man who was nearly four times the legal driving limit has been banned from the road for five years.

Malcolm Cockayne, 59, who had been disqualified from driving, was stopped near his home in Manor Road, Pitt Village, Winchester on March 28, magistrates heard.

He was driving a 06-reg Vauxhall Astra when stopped by officers. His alcohol reading was 306 micrograms per 100 millilitres of blood, when the maximum allowed is 80.

Cockayne admitted the charge and also ones of driving whilst disqualified, with no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Magistrates jailed him for 20 weeks but suspended for two years, disqualified him from driving for five years and ordered he pay a £115 victim surcharge and £40 costs.

The said the long ban was due to the very high alcohol reading and the fact that he had only recently been banned.

That earlier banning related to a drink on Christmas Eve when Cockayne was stopped in Garnier Road, St Cross, at some three times the legal limit.