A 33-year-old man has been banned from the roads for 17 months and fined after drink driving. 

Stefan Chiurlea, of Church Lane, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, drove on the A303 in Salisbury on December 20, 2021, when his alcohol level was above the legal limit.

There were 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of his breath, which is nearly double the legal limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres.

Chiurlea pleaded guilty to this offence, and to driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and without third party insurance, at Salisbury Magistrates' Court on January 14. 

The court fined him £350 as well as an additional £85 to pay to the Crown Prosecution Service and £34 to pay to victim services. 

Chiurlea was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 17 months, although this can be reduced by 17 weeks if the defendant completes an approved course by December 14 this year. 

No separate punishment was given for driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, or for driving without third party insurance, although Chiurlea's driving record was endorsed. 

The total he must pay before February 11 is £470.

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