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Bus driver banned from driving after being caught three times the legal alcohol limit

A drink driver who was stopped by police on his way to drive a school bus has been banned from driving for two years


Nelam Singh, 53, of Exeter Road, Southsea, was driving his Mercedes on the M27 westbound near Nursling around 6.30am on Thursday 17 February, when he was spotted weaving erratically by an off-duty police officer.


Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard Singh blew recording of 101micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath – almost three times the legal limit.


When officers spoke with him, it was discovered he had been on his way to drive a school bus with more than 70 students on board.


At court on Tuesday, he was banned from driving for two years, ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work and pay £180 in costs and a surcharge.


Speaking after the sentencing, Sgt Richard Miell, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “Not only did Singh put himself and other road users in danger by choosing to get behind the wheel of a car while impaired.


“He was also going to endanger the lives of a large number of school children and drive a bus, all while under the influence.


“Thankfully, the quick actions of one of our off-duty roads policing officers ensured this did not happen.


“While the vast majority of drivers do not drink and drive, it is disappointing that some still are doing so. The message is simple, it’s not worth the risk and can have very real and fatal consequences.”