A NORTH Derbyshire motorist caught driving while more than three times the legal limit was on his way to town to continue drinking.
Officers on patrol at 1am on Christmas Eve saw a Fiat Seicento travelling at 28mph in a 40mph zone and weaving along the road.
Chesterfield magistrates heard that they followed it to Rother Way, where it stalled at traffic lights, and they then stopped the vehicle.
Driver Stephen Turner, 36, told them he had been drinking and he had just left his girlfriend’s home and was on his way into town for more drinks.
“He said it was his brother’s car and he had taken it without permission,” said Peter Bettney, prosecuting.
Turner, of Moorland Drive, Heath, was arrested and went on to give a reading of 115mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The limit is 35mcgs.
He admitted charges of drink-driving, taking a vehicle without consent and driving without insurance.
Deputy District Judge David Stott imposed a two-year driving ban, a one-year probation supervision order and a 10pm-7am curfew for four weeks, and fined him £265, with £85 costs.
“He readily admitted he was over the limit. He recognises he has an alcohol problem and he has started to have treatment for that since this offence,” said John Wilford, for Turner.