A MAN who was nearly two times over the drink driving limit has been handed a suspended sentence.

Ronald Howarth, of Atherton Road, Hindley was over the limit when he drove a Ford Transit van in Wigan on December 8 last year.

The 44-year-old was also behind the wheel of the van despite being disqualified.

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He was given an eight-week sentence suspended for one year and has been banned from driving for four years which may be reduced by 48 weeks if he completes a course.

Howarth must carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, complete a rehabilitation course and pay a victims services surcharge fee of £122 and £85 court costs.

He was sentenced at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.