A HAMPSHIRE man was caught more than four times the alcohol limit for being in charge of a vehicle.

Mark Philip Batchelor, 34, was approached by police while in charge of a Ford KA in Chandler’s Ford on May 28 last year.

When tested by officers, he had 376 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

The legal limit for blood is 80 milligrammes of alcohol – meaning he was 4.7 times the legal limit.

Appearing at Southampton Magistrates’ Court, Batchelor, of Burley Close, Chandler’s Ford, denied being over the alcohol limit while in charge of a vehicle.

But he was found guilty of the offence following a trial at the same court.

Magistrates banned Batchelor from driving for 12 months and made him the subject of an 18 month community order, including 100 hours of unpaid work.

Batchelor was also ordered to pay court costs of £110 and a victim surcharge of £90.