A burglar alarm going off at his pub saw a landlord going off in a car to check it out while over the drink-drive limit.
Police stopped Graham Bates (59), of Towning Close, Deeping St James, in Thackers Way, Market Deeping, at 12.30am on September 29.
Paul Wood, prosecuting, said an officer detected signs of the driver having “taken alcohol” and questioned Bates, who said he had downed “a swift half”.
He failed a roadside breath test and an evidential specimen showed 53 microgrammes – the legal limit is 35mcgs.
Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Bates had closed his pub – The White Horse in Market Deeping – and had a couple of pints at home when the alarm went off in his pub and he presumed there was an intruder.
Mr Alexander said Bates thought he was all right to drive.
The solicitor continued: “He was stopped on the way.
“He didn’t say ‘I have only had a swift half’ – he said to the officer ‘I have had a couple of pints’, which is exactly what the reading shows.”
Mr Alexander said the reading at the roadside was 46mcgs while the reading at the police station was higher – it was going up, which is exactly what happens when someone has just had a drink.
Bates admitted drink-driving and driving without insurance.
Mr Alexander said the insurance offence resulted from a mix up on the policy which led to Bates not being named for driving a second vehicle.
Bates was banned from driving for 12 months, but can cut three months off that if he attends a rehabilitation course. He was fined £110 and must pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
There was no separate penalty for the insurance offence, but his licence was endorsed.