AN ALFRETON pensioner was caught over the limit after being seen swigging from a whisky bottle in his car.
A witness called police to say a motorist had been drinking from the bottle in a Vauxhall Astra outside a B&Q store.
Officers stopped the vehicle in Nottingham Road, Somercotes, and noticed that driver David Collins, 67, smelled of alcohol, Chesterfield magistrates heard.
He failed a roadside breath test and was arrested and went on to give a reading of 52mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs.
Collins, of Beech Avenue, Alfreton, admitted drink-driving on February 1. The retired project engineer had previously been convicted of being drunk in charge of a vehicle.
The bench fined him £265, with £85 costs, and imposed a 16-month road ban - to be cut to a year if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.
“He had been to B&Q in Alfreton and he returned to the vehicle and foolishly took a drink from a whisky bottle.
“He had a few sips as he had been having a bad day. He was stopped on the road shortly afterwards,” said Annette Thomas, for Collins.
She added that he was not driving a vehicle when he committed the previous offence two years ago.