M6 drink driver banned from wheel

A drink-driver clocked speeding at 100mph in a temporary 30mph zone after undertaking a police car has been banned from the roads for two years.

Triston Hamilton, 30, was more than twice the legal alcohol limit when traffic officers halted his Volkswagen Scirocco on the M6 near Birmingham.

The city's magistrates court heard that Hamilton, of Fordhouse Road, Bushbury, Wolverhampton, was arrested at the roadside after failing a breath-test in the early hours of January 25.

Drink-driver Triston Hamilton outside Birmingham Magistrates' Court

Drink-driver Triston Hamilton outside Birmingham Magistrates' Court

The mechanic-turned-barber, who admitted drink-driving and speeding, was filmed reaching a speed of 100mph on a section of the A38(M) Aston Expressway reduced to two lanes and a 30mph limit because of roadworks.

His car was then followed onto the M6 northbound, where he was pulled over and gave a roadside breath test reading of 74mcg in 100ml of breath.

Hamilton, who also works as a builder, was not represented by a lawyer but told District Judge Robert Zara that he had since sold his car and had "no excuses" to offer the court.

Passing sentence, Mr Zara told Hamilton: "Clearly travelling at that speed in the way that you did, you were putting yourself and others at risk.

"For driving with excess alcohol - you were almost twice the legal limit - in normal circumstances, I would be considering a disqualification for a period of around 20 months or so.

"But because of the excess speed, I am going to impose a disqualification of two years."

Hamilton, whose ban will be reduced by 24 weeks if he completes a driver awareness course, was also fined £665, and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £40.

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