A MAN who was nearly three times over the drink drive limit when he crashed his car has been jailed.
Mark John Steele, 37, who had a previous conviction for drink driving, was sent to prison for 14 weeks with 10 weeks being an activated suspended sentence from a separate offence.
He was also banned from driving for three years.
Magistrates told him he was highly intoxicated and a serious road accident had occurred. It was fortunate that no one had been injured.
Steele, of Central Drive in Shotton, admitted driving his Vauxhall Vectra when he had 96 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, compared to the legal limit of 35mgs.
Flintshire Magistrates heard that police attended an accident just after midnight on Sunday, September 22 on a slip road on the A494 at Aston Hill, near Queensferry.
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 man leaning against the passenger door speaking to a paramedic.
Local residents had heard the collision from their house and had come out to find Steele 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 breathtest.
Tracey Willingham, prosecuting, said Steele had a previous conviction for drink driving within the last 10 years which meant 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.
Steele had moved to the Deeside area to start a new life. 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 showed a different side to his character.