A Birkby man found drunk in charge of his vehicle while drunk has been banned from driving.

Darren Neary, of Croft Gardens, was more than three times over the legal limit when police discovered him.

Kirklees magistrates were told that the gas engineer had become more reliant on alcohol following the recent deaths of his mother and brother.

The Huddersfield court heard that the offence occurred in the Cowlersley area on March 27.

Police were called by members of the public concerned about a potential drink-driver.

They found Neary’s Peugeot Partner van parked on Cowlersley Lane.

Prosecutor Lisa Evans told magistrates that Neary clambered out of the driver’s door and showed signs of being in drink.

When informed that he was under arrest he became upset and replied: “I’m not going in a cell.”

Police station breath tests revealed that the 36-year-old had 119 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield.
Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield.

This was more than three times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

Magistrates heard that Neary had started drinking heavily the previous evening.

Jonathan Slawinski, mitigating, explained that his client had experienced difficulty with alcohol for a considerable time.

This problem was then compounded by recent tragedies in his life, including the death of his mother last September.

His brother then died from an alcohol-related illness in January.

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Mr Slawinski added: “These tragic events acted as a catalyst to increase his drinking.”

Magistrates banned Neary from driving for four months.

He also has to complete six months of alcohol treatment and up to 10 days of rehabilitative activities.

Neary must pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.