A police officer says he was “in shock” when he pulled over a drunk driver and read “possibly one of the highest” breath test recordings ever found in Cheshire.

Vladimir Bekes was six times over the drink drive limit when he took to the wheel and travelled on the M56.

Bekes, 37, collided with a lamp post near the A540 in the early hours of Friday June 4.

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PC George Aza was actively looking for Bekes in Ellesmere Port after members of the public came forward with information.

A member of the public flagged the officer down and pointed to a Ford Mondeo which was stationary at traffic lights on Ledsham Road.

The officer approached the vehicle as Bekes drove on to Welsh Road and brought him to a stop.

PC Aza found Bekes ‘unsteady on his feet’ and he had to be escorted when he got out of his car.

The officer conducted a breath test and Bekes blew 216.

He was then taken into custody and subsequently charged, Cheshire Police said.

Bekes, of Welsh Road, Childer Thornton in Ellesmere Port, attended Chester Magistrates Court on Monday June 7.

There he was sentenced to 19 weeks in prison for offences including driving while disqualified, failing to provide a specimen for analysis and failing to comply with supervision requirements.

PC Aza, from Cheshire Constabulary’s Roads and Crime Unit, thanked a member of the public who alerted police.

“Bekes’ breath test is possibly one of the highest readings we have ever recorded in Cheshire,” he said.

“I was in shock when he blew a staggering 216 at the roadside.

“Had the member of the public not reported him to police, the potential consequences of his actions could have been horrendous.

“I want to personally thank them for making me aware of Bekes as it enabled me to bring his driving to a stop and led to a dangerous driver being taken off Cheshire’s roads.”