A belligerent driver, who failed to provide a specimen after he was caught drunk behind the wheel, has been banned for almost two years.

Paul Hiscott, of Bassett Gardens, North Weald, was arrested on June 12 as part of an Essex Police campaign this summer to crack down on drink and drug drivers.

The 56-year-old was pulled over in North Weald High Road at around 12.35am and later failed to provide a specimen to officers.

He was disqualified from driving for 22 months, ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work, pay £85 in court costs and a further £85 victim surcharge.

Adam Pipe, Essex Police casualty reduction manager, said: “Drink and drug driving ruins lives and those who do it risk their safety and that of other road users.

“Our work to stop and catch people who drink and drug drive doesn’t stop.”

Essex Police arrested 107 people across the county between June 1 and June 30 as part of its campaign to tackle driving under the influence.

The force is naming and shaming those convicted as part of the scheme in the hope it will act as a deterrent to others prepared to get behind the wheel while drunk.