A DRINK-driving pensioner has been ordered to pay £525 banned from the roads.

Peter Evans, of Cilgwyn Road, Newport, pleaded guilty to driving while over the legal alcohol limit when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday, January 8.

Prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the court that police stopped Evans’ Renault Clio as part of a routine check on the A487 at Newport at 6.15pm on December 11.

Evans, 77, told officers he had consumed one pint, and a roadside breath-test was positive. He was later found to have 43mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35mg.

The court heard that he previously held a clean driving licence and was of clean character.

Jonathan Webb, defending, said: “It is always sad when a gentleman of 77 years, who has led an entirely blameless life to date, comes before the court and loses his good character.”

He added that Evans had made a ‘misjudgement’ regarding his consumption of alcohol.

“He was probably 30 to 40 minutes to being under the limit.”

Magistrates fined Evans £400 and ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £40 surcharge. He was banned from driving for 12 months.