A drink driver has been banned from the roads for more than three years after crashing into railings in a residential area. 

Police and paramedics were called to Belsize Avenue in Woodston just before 4am on Sunday morning (March 10), after receiving a call about a collision.

Keith Govera, 25, was found slumped behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf which had left the road and crashed into railings outside a row of houses.

After being checked over by paramedics who confirmed Govera was not injured, he was asked to carry out a roadside breath test which gave a reading of 104 – the legal limit being 35.

He was arrested and later charged with drink driving after he provided an evidential sample of 81 in custody, still more than twice the legal limit.

Govera, of Belsize Avenue, Woodston, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday (11 March) where he admitted the offence and was disqualified from driving for three years and four months, as well as being ordered to carry out 66 hours of unpaid work.

PC Chloe Gwilliam, one of the attending officers, said: “Govera is one of 147 people to have been arrested in connection with drink or drug driving offences in Cambridgeshire so far this year, this number is unacceptable.

“Getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs is never okay, putting not only yourself but other road users and pedestrians at risk. Thankfully no one was injured in this instance, but it could so easily of had a different outcome.”

The force operates a dedicated, confidential hotline – 0800 032 0845 – which is available 24/7 and provides the public with the chance to provide information about anyone they think may be driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

Information about drink driving, the law and the penalties, can be found on the force’s dedicated road safety information webpages.