A man who had a drink after doing some gardening was found to be more than twice the drink-drive limit when he was stopped by police.
Mark Seth, 50, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared in court in King’s Lynn yesterday.
However, he will return to court for a trial after pleading not guilty to a charge of possessing a bladed article in public without lawful authority in the same incident.
The court heard Seth had been observed driving slowly along Edward Benefer Way, King’s Lynn on the afternoon of July 9.
He was stopped after turning into Bergen Way, where he gave a positive breath test.
Further analysis showed he had 73 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Mitigating solicitor Roger Glazebrook said that, after drinking the previous evening, he had further alcohol after doing some gardening at his partner’s house. However, he believed he was under the alcohol limit.
Seth, of Hallgate, Spalding, was banned from driving for 20 months, though magistrates offered him the chance to reduce the length of his ban by completing a rehabilitation course.
Magistrates also imposed a £250 fine, plus £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
He was bailed to return to court for his trial on September 1.