A man has been banned from the road for three years following his second drink-driving conviction.

Paul Diamond, of Titanic Mills in Linthwaite, also admitted to charges of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and using a vehicle without insurance.

Kirklees magistrates heard that the offence occurred in the early hours of May 1.

Diamond was stopped by police as he drove along Manchester Road in Linthwaite, prosecutor Robert Campbell said.

He told the court: “There was smoke coming from the front nearside wheel and they were concerned.

“They indicated at Diamond to pull over, he did and said he had a flat tyre and was driving to the garage.

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“He got out the vehicle and they could smell intoxicants on his breath.”

Diamond had 41 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Further checks also revealed that Diamond, 45, had no insurance and held only a provisional driving licence.

He claimed that he thought he was fine to drive as he’d slept on a friend’s settee for five hours.

Magistrates heard that he had a previous drink-driving conviction on his record from 2008.

They banned him from driving for 36 months.

Diamond must also pay £250 fine, £85 costs and £25 victim surcharge.