POLICE were suspicious when a motorist saw their patrol car and immediately turned off the road, Chesterfield magistrates heard.
Learner-driver Lennox Lewis Boyd was driving through Kelstedge at 10.10pm when he pulled his Vauxhall Corsa into the entrance to a gated field.
Police stopped and spoke to him and a female officer recognised him. He had three passengers, all aged under 18 and none able to supervise his driving.
He failed a roadside breath test and was arrested and later gave a reading of 108mgs of alcohol in 100mls of blood. The limit is 80mcgs.
“He had been with friends for a night out and he tried to keep his alcohol consumption low by spacing out the drinks but unfortunately he miscalculated,” said Bob Bashforth, for Lewis, unemployed.
He added: “It wasn’t a high alcohol reading.”
Lewis, 20, of Darley Avenue, North Wingfield, admitted drink-driving and driving without a full licence while unsupervised on June 27.
He had previous convictions for assault, threatening behaviour, damage and disorder.
The bench imposed a £125 fine, with £85 costs, and a one-year driving ban. The disqualification will be reduced to nine months if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.