A LAND Rover driver has been handed a two-year roads ban after he was caught out while more than twice the limit.

Zacharias Preece entered guilty pleas to one count of driving while over the alcohol limit and one count of using a motor vehicle on a road or public place without third-party insurance when he appeared before magistrates in December.

The court heard from prosecutor Mark Hambling that the 24-year-old had been caught out in Eastmead in Stoke Prior, Herefordshire, after getting behind the wheel of a Land Rover Discovery while over the drink-driving limit on October 21.

An evidential breath test revealed that he had 94 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, magistrates in Hereford were told. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

He was also found to have been driving the car without a valid third party insurance policy in place on the same date, the court heard.

Preece of The Avenue, Brimfield, Ludlow, was disqualified from driving for 24 months and fined £576 for the offence, with magistrates saying that they had taken his guilty pleas into account when imposing the penalty.

He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £135 and a £230 victim surcharge, which is used to help fund services supporting victims of crime.