A DROITWICH man has been disqualified from driving for three years after admitting drink driving twice in five months.

Louis Roque-Fernandes, of Showell Grove, pleaded guilty to both offences of drink driving when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Leslie Ashton, prosecuting said the first offence was in July last year, when CCTV operators saw Roque-Fernandes leave the Firefly pub and get into his Vauxhall Astra.

Miss Ashton said the 39-year-old reversed and hit a Renault Clio before operators notified police. Officers later found his vehicle parked in Paul Street, and he was "slumped over the drivers seat".

Officers took him to hospital, as Roque-Fernandes had an injury to the back of his head, and a blood test was taken which showed he had 167 milligrammes of alcohol, the limit being 80.

In the second incident, Miss Ashton said Roque-Fernandes was pulled over on December 23, in Tallow Hill.

She said after officers smelt alcohol Roque-Fernandes was asked to take a roadside breath test which he failed, so he was arrested. At the police station, he gave a reading of 84 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitre of breath - the legal limit being 35.

Defending, Jo Outhwaite asked for Roque-Fernandes to be given credit for early guilty pleas, and highlighted he had no previous convictions, accept for a caution.

Ms Outhwaite explained during the July incident he had been at a party and went without intending to drink.

She said when leaving he slipped on steps, which led to the injury and said the reversing was at low speed, and there was no damage to the Clio.

In the second incident Ms Outhwaite said Roque-Fernandes had a couple of drinks while cooking, and went to ASDA in his car.

When pulled over she said Roque-Fernandes accepted he was guilty "there and then", and co-operated with officers.

"Obviously he apologies and he won't be back before the courts again," Ms Outhwaite added.

Magistrates disqualified Roque-Fernandes from driving for 36 months, but this will be reduced by 36 weeks if he successful completes a drink drive awareness course.

He was fined £265 and ordered to pay costs of £135 on each of the offences. He was also told to pay a victim surcharge of £30 - adding up to a total of £830.