A DRINK driver has been arrested by Worle police after being seen pulling out of a pub car park.

Police arrested the motorist earlier this week (Monday, April 8) after the driver was breathalysed at the roadside. They were found to be significantly over the legal limit.

Speaking yesterday, a North Somerset Neighbourhood Policing spokesperson said: "Worle beat team officers were patrolling the Worle area when they spotted a vehicle pulling out of a pub car park and driving in a manner suggesting the driver was under the influence of alcohol or other substances.

"Vehicle followed by officers for a short distance and stopped.

"The driver was breathalysed at the roadside and found to be almost twice the legal limit.

"Driver arrested;

"Evidential breath test positive;

"Suspect charged;

"Roads a safer place;

"Other offences under investigation.

"We work hard with our local pubs and licensing team to prevent this.

"We know the overwhelming majority of drivers do not drive whilst drunk or under the influence of drugs, however we would urge you to make sure you have a nominated driver if you plan on drinking and that nominated driver is not drinking alcohol or misusing other substances.

"According to Government research, an estimated 6,740 people were killed or injured when at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit between 2011 and 2021.

"This is why roads Policing enforcement matters. If we suspect something is wrong, we will stop you, we will make checks, you will be arrested if offences like this are identified. This is a vital part of our role in keeping all the community safe.

"From our own experience, as officers looking after the Worle and villages area, we are certainly feeling we are arresting more people following positive roadside drugs wipe tests for drug driving (remember this anecdotal and not substantiated by any data research, it is just how it feels to us).

"So, this is an area we would encourage you to discuss with friends, family, and anyone about which you are concerned.

"Remember, substances and alcohol stay in your system and affect you after symptoms subside."