A MAN has been banned from the roads for three years after drink driving.
Simon Thorpe admitted that he had been stupid to get behind the wheel after boozing with friends.
He pleaded guilty to driving while over the limit, without insurance and without a licence.
Kirklees Magistrates disqualified him from driving for 36 months after they heard that he had appeared in court twice previously for drink-driving.
The Huddersfield bench was told that Thorpe, 31, was spotted driving a white Vauxhall Astra by police on duty in the evening of January 7.
He stopped at a petrol station near Lane Head Road in Shepley and the officers spoke to him.
Linda Fowler, prosecuting, said: “They could smell intoxicants on his breath; the defendant gave his name at that point as ‘Christopher Barber’.
A roadside breath test revealed that Thorpe had 59 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 35mg.
Thorpe was arrested and was breathalysed further at the police station.
Mrs Fowler said: “He said he had been drinking in pubs with friends and then gone to a friend’s house where he had drunk further.
“He had then gone out in a friend’s vehicle to buy cigarettes from the nearby garage.”
The prosecutor said that Thorpe, of Woodlands Road in Lepton, had two previous convictions for driving while over the limit in 2007 and 2001.
Magistrates were told that Thorpe admitted that his actions were stupid.
They told Thorpe that they had to ban him from driving for 36 months because of his record.
The magistrates said they hoped the ban would make him realise that he shouldn’t be driving until he is properly qualified.
They bench also gave Thorpe a curfew for four weeks between the hours of 7pm and 7am and told him to pay £85 costs.