A DRINK-driver was not disqualified from driving because his family 'are not local'.

James John Evans, of Downs Road, Standlake, was caught with 54mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath on November 19, above the legal limit of 35mcg.

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The 30-year-old appeared in the dock of Oxford Magistrates Court on February 26, three months after he was breathalysed on Elim Road in Wales.

His driving licence was endorsed with 10 penalty points but he was not given a 'totting disqualification' – 12 points resulting in an automatic ban – because he had lost his job and his family 'are not local to him'.

He was also fined £300 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge fee of £32 as well as £85 in court costs.