A DRIVER from Salisbury was fined £750, after overtaking an unmarked police car on the wrong side of a mini roundabout while over the legal alcohol limit.

Wesley Gilchrist, aged 41, of Braemar Rise was driving a van in Trowbridge at around 4.55pm on January 19, when he overtook police officer on patrol, PC Andy Lee.

To overtake however, Gilchrist had driven the white Ford Transit on the wrong side of the roundabout, between The Mead and Canal Road, exited the roundabout on the wrong side of the road and was the wrong side of the 'keep left' bollards.

PC Lee followed the van which sped off and overtook another vehicle, shown in the dashcam footage below:

Using his sirens and blue lights, PC Lee ordered the van to pull over on Wyke Road, where he spoke to the driver and breathalysed him.

The reading showed he was more than twice the legal drink drive limit and he was arrested.

Gilchrist pleaded guilty and was sentenced when he appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court yesterday.

He has also been disqualified from driving for 15 months.

PC Lee said: “When the van overtook me I was initially stunned by the poor standard of driving, and stopped for a second before following the vehicle.

“I have no doubt that Gilchrist’s actions could have very easily led to a crash or someone being seriously injured or worse.”