A SEVERN Beach man has been banned from the road after being caught drink-driving.

Arthur Bolton, of Riverside Park, had 54 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath after he drove a Mercedes C220 on the A4174 at Hambrook on June 13 last year. The legal limit is 35.

Bolton pleaded not guilty at a hearing on September 10. But having been released on bail, he then failed to turn up to Bristol magistrates’ court on December 7.

On Friday, May 6 Bolton pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to surrender to police/court bail at the appointed time and was found guilty of the drink-driving offence.

The 32-year-old was fined £140 for each offence and ordered to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £1 and costs of £500 to the Crown Prosecution Service, leaving him with a total bill of £781.

Bolton was disqualified for holding or obtaining a driving licence for 14 months. A community order was also made ordering him to complete a rehabilitation activity.