A Uttoxeter driver has been banned from the roads for 17 months after being found over the limit and asleep in his car.

James Smith, 34, had drunk four pints after bumping into one of his late dad's friends. But police received a call from a member of the public and found the defendant asleep at the wheel in Manor Road, Uttoxeter.

He was breathalysed and gave a reading of 67 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – nearly twice the legal limit of 35. Smith, of Grange Road, Uttoxeter, pleaded guilty to drink-driving on July 1.

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Mark Shanks, mitigating, said the defendant, who has no previous convictions, is a member of a chicken club and had gone to lock up his chickens before driving to his mum's house where he parked up and fell asleep.

He said: "He is heavily involved in how JCB is to be restructured. He will have to find other means of getting to work."

Magistrates fined Smith £519 and ordered him to pay £135 costs and a £51 surcharge.

His ban will be reduced by 17 weeks if he completes the drink-drivers' rehabilitation course.

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