A MAN has been handed a community order and banned from driving after pleading guilty to drink driving.

At South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court, John Coulson (49), of Tileshed, Otterburn, admitted to being almost three times over the limit when he was stopped on the A696 on July 4.

He was banned from driving for 40 months and given a community order to complete 50 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £90 and costs of £85.