Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man has been sentenced for drink-driving in Slough.
Harpal Gidda, aged 50, of Kendal Drive, Slough, was fined £120 and disqualified from driving for a year at Slough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (17/11).
He pleaded guilty to one count of driving a motor vehicle with an alcohol level above the legal limit.
At around 10.30am on 3 November, officers saw Gidda in his vehicle on a residential road in the town.
A short time later, officers spotted the vehicle again, this time on Lascelles Road.
They saw Gidda walk away from the vehicle and became suspicious when he kept looking over his shoulder at them.
When challenged, officers found the keys to the vehicle in Gidda’s pocket.
He then failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.
In custody, Gidda provided a sample of breath that measured 55 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – placing him over the limit.
Gidda was charged on the same day.
Investigating officer PC Luke Jenkins, of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, based at Taplow police station, said: “Impaired driving is one of the ‘fatal four’ – the four contributory factors that are likely to result in a fatal collision.
“I am pleased to see that Harpal Gidda has received a year’s disqualification for this offence, which is time enough to consider his actions.
“In the run-up to Christmas, people should be mindful of the potentially fatal consequences of impaired driving – it’s simply not worth the risk!
“There will be an increase in police activity around this time of year to ensure road safety and prosecute impaired drivers.”