A MAN has been banned from driving and fined for possessing a knife in a public place and resisting arrest after being stopped near St Dogmaels.

Shaun Taylor, of Aberduant, Porthmadog, was stopped by police on January 20 on the B4546 at Poppit Sands and had 83 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

The 47-year-old admitted the offence when he appeared before magistrates at Aberystwyth Justice Centre but Taylor denied a charge of possessing a lock knife in a public place on the same date. Magistrates found the case against him proved.

Taylor also admitted a further charge of resisting arrest on the same date. He had originally denied this charge but changed his plea when he reappeared before the bench.

For the drink-drive offence, Taylor was fined £240 and banned from the roads for 22 months. He was fined a further £360 for possessing the lock knife and £80 for resisting arrest.

He was also ordered to pay £620 in costs and a £36 victim surcharge, making a total of £1,336. The knife was ordered to be destroyed.