A PENSIONER has been banned from driving after getting behind the wheel after leaving the pub.

John Pidgeon, aged 76, of Loushers Lane, was stopped by police on January 4.

Officers received reports of Pidgeon leaving a pub on Common Lane, Culceth.

A breath test showed 55 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

The legal limit is 35.

The defendant pleaded guilty to drink driving at Halton Magistrates on Thursday.

He said: “There is no excuse. I apologise.”