A MOTORCYCLIST who was arrested for being three-times the drink-drive limit will serve time in jail for a string of driving offences.

Graham Crutch, aged 29, of Longore, Stonesfield near Witney, pleaded guilty to one count of driving when alcohol level above the limit, using a motor vehicle on a road/public place without third party insurance and one count of driving while disqualified at a hearing at Oxford Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday.

After pleading guilty to all three offences, Crutch was sentenced to 17 weeks’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for five years.

Crutch was initially arrested after police received reports of a man riding a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol at around 4.32pm on Wednesday, March 27.

He was located and stopped by officers while riding the motorbike on Laughton Hill, Stonesfield while already disqualified.

He was breath tested and blew an alcohol level of 111ug/100ml of breath – more than three times the legal limit – and was subsequently arrested.

Investigating officer PC Brian Perry of the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, based at Bicester, said: “Thames Valley Police will not tolerate drink driving, which is one of the Fatal Four on our roads.

“Crutch pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and given the seriousness of the offences, has been given a custodial sentence where he can reflect on his actions.

“If you are aware of anybody who is driving a vehicle while over the limit, you should report this to Thames Valley Police so that we can keep the roads of the Thames Valley safe from drink drivers.”