A man has been sentenced to prison after he was convicted of drink driving and driving while disqualified, just hours after an earlier conviction for a separate offence of driving while intoxicated through alcohol.
Baljinder Singh, aged 46, of Telford Lodge, Southall, pleaded guilty to a count each of driving a motor vehicle when alcohol level was above the limit and driving whilst disqualified in a hearing at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (7/2).
He was subsequently sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for a further 37 months, having been banned in his previous court hearing for 12 months.
At 1.10pm on Tuesday (6/2), the Marlow neighbourhood policing team stopped the white van that Singh was driving on the slip road of the M40 just off the Handy Cross roundabout.
It transpired that Singh had just left Wycombe Magistrates’ Court after having his driving licence disqualified for a drink-driving offence.
Officers smelled alcohol, and so gave Singh a road-side breath test, which he failed, blowing more than twice the legal limit.
He was arrested and charged the same day.
The van was removed safely from the M40.
Investigating officer PC Jed Russell of the High Wycombe rural neighbourhood team, said: “It beggars belief that Singh chose to drive his vehicle again just hours after leaving court with a driving disqualification from an earlier offence.
“He has shown a flagrant disregard to the courts and the justice system by taking to the roads again, while over the alcohol limit.
“This type of behaviour will never be tolerated, and I am pleased that the court has seen fit to sentence Singh to a custodial sentence and a further extended driving disqualification.
“Drink driving is one of the Fatal Four, and we will pursue those who get behind the wheel while over the limit and put them before the courts.”