A REPEATED drink-driver has avoided jail so he can continue working to provide for his family.

Shaun Jones, of The Locks, in Middlewich, was caught behind the wheel while over the limit at the Shell garage in Holmes Chapel Road on December 2.

A breathalyser test revealed the 37-year-old had 85 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of his breath, more than twice the legal limit of 35 micrograms. 

Jones was charged with drink-driving as well as driving otherwise in accordance with a licence and pleaded guilty to both at Chester Magistrates Court on December 4.

Taking his plea into account, the bench sentenced him to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

The court heard the reason for custody was due to the seriousness of the offence and Jones' 'previous drink-driving history'.

But the sentence was suspended due to there being a reasonable prospect of rehabilitation and the fact Jones is 'working and providing for his family'.

Jones was also disqualified from driving for four years and must complete 200 hours of unpaid work, within 12 months.

He must also pay court costs of £120 and a surcharge of £154.