After a long day at work without eating, a joiner went home had a gin and tonic, then decided to go and get a pizza to share with his wife.
He drove his Hyundai Getz to the takeaway and parked his car in a nearby car park.
District Judge Gerald Chalk was told police officers on mobile patrol watched Colin Jackson, 53, walk back to his car with a pizza and drive away.
The court was told officers followed his car and stopped him along Yewdale Road, where he failed a road-side breath test and was arrested.
Jackson of Chesterholm, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to driving while above the drink-drive limit, on giving a breath sample the reading was 57mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35.
The judge sitting in the Magistrates Court in Carlisle was told by defence barrister Keith Thomas, this “aberration will have serious consequences” on Mr Jackson, he works long hours as a joiner, and a disqualification could put his job at stake, he went on to say his “client has an interview with his employers after this court hearing.”
The judge was told Jackson had a drink the night before, but had nothing to eat that day December 17, 2016.
He was disqualified from driving for a period of 22-months, fined £120 with prosecution costs of £85 and a £30 victims surcharge, he was offered the drink drivers rehabilitation course which could reduce his ban by 22-weeks if passed successfully, on leaving court he apologised to the judge.