A 'RECKLESS' drink-driver has been banned from the roads for more than three years following a crash on the M4.

Samuel Kevis, aged 30, of Glanrhyd Street, Aberdare, Wales, has been sentenced for driving on the motorway while nearly twice the alcohol limit.

Kevis was driving a Renault Clio on the M4 in Swindon when he crossed all three lanes and crashed into the central reservation on Monday, February 13.

He abandoned the car and was walking on the hard shoulder on the opposite side of the motorway when he was arrested.

Kevis blew 76 at the roadside, and a further blood sample showed he had 153 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, with the legal limit being 80 micrograms.

He was sentenced at Swindon Magistrates' Court on Monday, December 11.

Kevis has been banned from driving for more than three years.

He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and must pay £1,000 in costs.

 Craig Beales, roads policing officer at Wiltshire Police, said: "It is fortunate that nobody was seriously injured in this collision.

"Kevis’ actions were both selfish and reckless and put other road users at risk.

"This case just proves exactly why we have stepped up our road safety campaign this year trying to educate drivers on the importance of road safety and the fatal five offences which are the main contributing factors to serious or fatal collisions on our roads. 

"Drink driving is one of the fatal five and it is extremely frustrating that people like Kevis get behind the wheel of the car when they are in no fit state to drive.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of planning your journey home if you are intending on drinking alcohol. 

"As Christmas approaches, we’re reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs.

"Our Roads Policing Unit will be stepping up patrols over the festive season, working closely with partner agencies from the Road Safety Partnership, to target those who fail to abide by the law."