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Motorist was five times over drink driving limit on M56

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A LATCHFORD man who was more than five times the drink driving limit when he was involved in a collision on the M56 has been jailed for 14 months.

Graham Herschell of Derwent Road, Latchford, was handed the jail term following a hearing at Chester Crown Court. He was also banned from driving for seven years and nine months, and is required to take an extended driving retest.

The court heard that Herschell, aged 34, was driving dangerously at excess speed on the M56 westbound approaching Junction 9 on Tuesday 23 May this year when he was involved in a collision with another car.

No-one was injured, but Herschell failed a road side breath test, blowing more than five times the legal limit. He also refused to provide a sample to police for further analysis. The judge handed him a four month prison sentence for failing to provide a sample, which is to run concurrently with the 14 months he received for dangerous driving.

Inspector Steve Griffiths from Cheshire police’s Roads Policing team said: “Herschell is extremely lucky that neither him or anyone else involved in the incident was injured as a result of his reckless actions.

“Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous and puts all road users at risk. I want o remind all motorists that the behaviour shown by Herschell is totally unacceptable and he has had to face up to the consequences of his actions.

“Cheshire Police’s Roads Policing team works across the county 365 days a year and we are committed to making Cheshire’s roads safer. Anyone who is caught ignoring the rules of the road will be dealt with.”

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