A MAN who crashed his car was found to be nearly three times the drink-drive limit.
Mark John Steele, 37, had a previous conviction for driving with excess alcohol.
Steele, of Central Drive in Shotton, admitted driving his Vauxhall Vectra when he had 96 miligrammes of alcohol in his breath, compared to the legal limit of 35.
Flintshire Magistrates Court was told it was just after midnight on Sunday, September 22, when police attended a slip road on the A494 Aston Hill. There were skid marks over the central island but by that stage the car had been moved to a grassed area adjacent to the slip road.
It had front end damage and the rear bumper was partially detached. Officers saw a male leaning against the passenger door speaking to a paramedic.
Local residents had heard the collision from their home address and come out to find him alone in the car, sitting behind the steering wheel, trying to restart the car.
He admitted he had been drinking and was arrested when he provided a positive roadside br eathtest.
Prosecutor Justine Espie said Steele had a previous conviction for drink driving within the last 10 years which meant that it would have to be a three year driving ban.
Gary Harvey, defending, said his client was on a suspended prison sentence for a different offence but he hoped to persuade the court it would be unjust to implement it.
The defendant had moved to the Deeside area to start a new life, Mr Harvey said.
His children were in Liverpool and the inevitable driving ban would cause him difficulties but they were very important to him.
He played in a local pipe band and Mr Harvey said references would be obtain for the next hearing from his employers and people who knew him.
Magistrates imposed an interim driving ban and adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report.