A MAN caught drink-driving at more than three times the limit twice in one month has avoided jail.

Gerard Simpson, of Warrington Road, Acton Bridge, was first stopped on May 9 earlier this year while driving a Honda Civic along Lime Avenue in Weaverham.

On this occasion, the 63-year-old was found to have 109 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, exceeding the limit of 35.

Despite being caught, Simpson got back behind the wheel after drinking around two and a half weeks later.

On May 26, he was stopped in a Renault Capture while driving on the A49 and Northwich Road in Weaverham.

He was breathalysed again and was found to have 128 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of his breath.

Simpson was arrested and charged with two counts of drink-driving, which he admitted at court on May 28. He was also given an interim driving ban on this date.

Returning to Chester Magistrates Court for sentencing on June 26, Simpson was handed a 12-week jail term, suspended for 12 months.

The bench also disqualified him from for three years, beginning on the date his interim ban was imposed.

Simpson was also ordered to pay a total court bill of £239.