A FORMER RAF man who failed to stop during a low speed police pursuit has been given a lengthy driving ban after admitting being twice over the limit.

Matthew Jennings was given a three year driving disqualification after Worcester Magistrates Court heard he was so drunk he had forgotten he had booked a room after a wedding.

Jennings admitted drink driving and failing to stop when he appeared at the court last Thursday.

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Nichola Ritchie, prosecuting, said at 2.20am on August 4 police spotted the 28-year-old driving a Toyota Yaris very slowly on the A46 and with his lights off.

Miss Ritchie said: "There was a pursuit, driving under 30mph - a low speed pursuit. He failed to stop.

"He was followed for three minutes, before he pulled over."

The solicitor said after failing a roadside breathalyser test Jennings was taken into custody, and at Worcester Police Station he provided a reading of 106mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mcg.

Miss Ritchie highlighted that Jennings, of Churchill Road, Sedgeberrow, Evesham had previously been given a ban in March 2010.

A probation report found that Jennings had been to a wedding but at the end of the night forgot he had booked a room in a hotel to stay, and got into his car.

The report added Jennings had been a former RAF technician but had been forced to leave through no fault of his own, due to having diabetes, but since leaving had to been binge drinking at weekends.

Mark Lister, defending, said he had struggle to recall what happened when he caught drink driving but he remembered he was aware of a police car behind him.

"He thought they wanted to get past," Mr Lister said.

"It became apparent they wanted him to stop. Ultimately he did."

Mr Lister added he had been at a low ebb

Antony Fussey, chairman of the magistrates bench, said: "It is a very sad tale.

"Reading between the lines when you have got down, you go binge drinking."

Jennings was given a 18 month community order including 10 rehabilitation days and 80 hours unpaid work.

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Mr Fussey explained that as Jennings was receiving a second ban within 10 years he would have to be given a mandatory 36 month ban.

"If you drive you will go to prison," Jennings was warned.

He also ordered to pay costs £135, for failing to stop £80, and a victim surcharge of £90 - a total of £305 which Jennings will pay in full within 14 days.