Drink-driver three times over the limit pulled out in front of police car in Gosport

Paul Symons
Paul Symons
One of three images released by police. Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

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A DRINK-DRIVER drove into the path of an oncoming police car at more than three times the limit, a court heard.

Paul Symons pulled out of Nimrod Drive, Rowner, Gosport, into the path of the officers’ car in Grange Road, at 12.18am on January 14.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard the 34-year-old, of Heathfield, Avenue, Fareham, ‘appeared not to have noticed’ but parked at the nearby Tesco car park.

When police stopped him he admitted drinking. He pleaded guilty in court.

A breath test revealed he had 125 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35.

Prosecutor Alicia Keen said: ‘He did pull straight out in front of another vehicle.’

District judge Anne Arnold, who handed Symons a eight-week jail sentence suspended for a year with 80 hours of unpaid work, said he was ‘unsteady on his feet’.

He was banned from driving for three years and must pay a £115 surcharge and £85 costs.