A DRINK driver has been banned after being more than three times over the limit behind the wheel of a tractor.

Peter Wright, of Crescent Avenue, Over Hulton, was breathalysed when he was stopped on St Helens Road in Leigh on June 17 in a John Deere tractor.

The test found he had 109 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The 48-year-old did not have a licence allowing him to be in control of a vehicle of the class he was driving too.

He has been banned for two years and four months which may be reduced by 28 weeks if he completes a course.

Wright has been ordered to complete 140 hours of unpaid work in the next year, pay a victim services surcharge fee of £85 and court costs of £85.

Keith Meredith, of Tamer Grove, Leigh, registered a reading of 133 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood when he was pulled over on Nel Pel Lane on March 16. The legal limit for the blood test is 80.

The 74-year-old has been disqualified for 16 months which may be reduced by 16 weeks if he undergoes a course.

He was fined £120, ordered to pay a victim services surcharge fee of £30 and left with court costs of £85.

Both defendants pleaded guilty when they appeared at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.