A driver in West Yorkshire was caught almost EIGHT times over the drink driving limit.

The motorist was caught in March with a reading of 275 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit for drivers is 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml - meaning this motorist was 7.9 times over the legal limit when they were breathalysed by the side of the road.

The driver had the highest level of alcohol in their system of any of the 1,927 successful roadside tests West Yorkshire Police have carried out so far this year.

The force supplied the data to the Huddersfield Examiner using Freedom of Information legislation.

The study showed a total of 643 tests - 33 per cent of the total - were over the limit, although the police may have tested some drivers more than once.

These drivers will have been taken back to the station for a repeat test.

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West Yorkshire Police were out in force on New Year’s Day.

Officers conducted 47 breath tests on January 1, 2016, finding as many as 25 cases of people driving over the limit.

This was the joint-highest number of tests and the highest number of failures so far in 2016.

As the year has gone on, some drivers came very close to failing the test - but escaped with a warning.

This happened on 41 occasions - including six times where the drivers recorded exactly the limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol.

The majority of tests came back completely clean for alcohol in the drivers’ systems.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Errors may occur on the breathalyser device resulting in the date and time showing incorrectly.”

It also said that not all the data from the devices is captured and that it was subject to change.