A SHOPFITTER who police stopped on the A65 near Long Preston because he was driving too slowly, has admitted drink-driving for the second time within 10 years.

Bhagwan Singh, 46, of Poplar Street, Huddersfield, was being followed by police at around 10.10pm on August 21, last year, towards Long Preston where the speed limit was 60mph. Police said Singh had been driving a Mercedes Sprinter van with passengers between 20 and 30mph and braking heavily and they became suspicious.

After a roadside breath test proved positive he was arrested.

He later gave a blood sample and was found to have 221 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrammes.

He said he had had a drink after work but was not a habitual drinker and had abstained from alcohol since being arrested.

Magistrates banned Singh from driving for a 40 months, fined him £200 with £85 costs and a £34 surcharge.

He did not qualify to take the rehabilitation course.