A man drove after drinking to fetch his father’s medication when he fell ill at a family gathering.
Simon Foley, of Elder Grove Mews in Netherton, pleaded guilty to driving while over the prescribed limit.
Kirklees Magistrates Court in Huddersfield heard that the 39-year-old was pulled over by police conducting routine checks shortly after 10pm on April 22.
His Vauxhall Corsa was stopped on High Lane in Newsome and the officers could smell alcohol on his breath.
Foley said that he’d drunk a can of lager prior to driving and was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.
Further police station tests showed that he had 44 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Sonia Kidd, mitigating, explained that her client had been at his sister’s home for a family Sunday dinner.
She told magistrates that Foley had intended to stay the night and had drunk some alcohol.
However his father, who suffers from emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and became unwell and his medication wasn’t working.
Mrs Kidd said: “Mr Foley decided to take his dad to his address to get some more medication for him.
“Unfortunately he was stopped by police and tested positive at the roadside.
“He was doing the right thing for his father and absolutely believed he was OK to drive.
“Today he will lose his licence. He’s relied upon by his father for transport and that will stop now so it’s going to affect his father as well as him.”
Magistrates banned Foley from driving for 12 months.
He will have to pay £80 fine, £85 costs and £30 victim surcharge.