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Judge banned for motorway drink-driving

A former judge caught on the motorway nearly three times the drink-drive limit was banned from driving for two years today.

Bruce Macmillan, at the time a circuit judge sitting at Liverpool Crown Court, was also arrested by police three weeks later, while on bail for the first offence, drunk in charge of his car with a half-empty bottle of gin on the passenger seat, Chorley Magistrates' Court in Lancs, was told.

The 63-year-old, who has now lost his distinguished legal career, admitted one count of driving with excess alcohol on the M6 near Chorley, Lancs on August 27 and one count of being drunk in charge in Toxteth, Liverpool, on September 17.

He was banned from driving for two years and fined £1,200 by magistrates, who were told he was now on a rehabilitation course for alcoholics after the pressures of his job overcame him.