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A man who nearly caused an accident on the A500 while drink-driving at twice the legal limit has been disqualified from driving for almost two years at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

Florin Oprea, 26, was witnessed by a police officer driving over the white lines in the road as he travelled at 70mph toward Tunstall on November 11.

Prosecuting, Lynn Warrington told the court “The officer thought the car was going to collide with the vehicle in front and so put on his lights and sirens and the car stopped.”

While the legal limit is 35mcg, Oprea gave a reading of 73mcg alcohol per 100ml breath.

Zoe Leese said in mitigation that: “On the night he had been drinking at home and went in the vehicle to run an errand. He has lost his good character and has expressed his remorse to me.”

Oprea pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without insurance and was banned from the roads for 20 months, in addition to being ordered to pay a £400 fine, £135 costs, and a £40 victim surcharge.

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