A MAN from Newquay has been sentenced for drink driving after being found to be over the legal limit.

Euan White, aged 25 of Park Close in Newquay, appeared at Bodmin Magistrates' Court on Friday, November 17 on one count of driving a motor vehicle with an alcohol level above the legal limit.

The offence took place on Friday, November 3 on the A3059 in St Columb Major where Mr White was found to be driving a Ford KA while over the legal limit, namely having 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Mr White pleaded guilty to the charge.

During his sentencing, Mr White was disqualified from driving, a sentence that is obligatory for this type of offence, for 17 months. White was also fined £360 and made to pay a surcharge of £144 as well as £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The court also noted how the defendant’s guilty plea had been considered when imposing the sentence.

According to the Sentencing Council, if a person is found guilty of drink driving, sentences can range from being banned from driving, fined, or even sent to prison.

The police have the right to ask anyone who is driving, attempting to drive or in charge of a vehicle who they suspect has been drinking to take a breath test.

Anyone who refuses to supply a breath sample without reasonable excuse will be arrested.

If a person fails a roadside breath test, they will be taken to a police station for a second breath test. If positive, that individual will be charged with drink driving.

Failing to take the roadside test or police station test without a reasonable excuse is an offence.

The sentence imposed will depend on the severity of the offence.