A MAN from Mold who had a bad day decided to go out for a drive but misjudged the amount of alcohol he had drunk.

Sean Martyn Barham, 21, of West View, had been to a funeral and also had some alcohol to drink.

A court heard that when he returned home he was a bit upset and decided to drive "to sort his head out".

But he had not gone far when he crashed his car into the tree in Earl Road, Mold.

Barham had admitted driving a Vauxhall Astra when he had 100 milligrammes of alcohol in his blood compared to the legal limit of 80.

He was banned from driving for a year and fined £330 with £85 costs and a £33 surcharge.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said at 9pm on November 26, police received a call to say a member of the public had heard a bang and found that a vehicle had hit a tree.

The witness found a male trying to move the car and suspected that he had been drinking.

Police arrived within four minutes, found the defendant standing next to the grey Astra and he confirmed that he was the driver.

At the scene he provided a positive breath test with a reading of 56 microgrammes - compared to the legal limit of 35 - and he had a gash to the nose and a cut to the skin.

He was said to be unsteady on his feet and he smelt of intoxicants.

Barham was taken to Mold custody but because of his injuries he was taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital where the blood sample was taken.

Later interviewed, he said he could not remember much of the incident, possibly because he had bumped his head in the collision.

That day he had been to a funeral, later drank alcohol and walked home.

He was a bit upset and decided to drive in order to sort his head out.

Barham said he did not know where he was going to drive but reversed off the drive.

He had only driven a short distance when the collision occurred and he said he had misjudged the amount of alcohol he had drunk.

In court, he represented himself and said he accepted the prosecution case against him.

It had been a bad day but he said he had no excuse for what he had done.

"I completely misjudged it," he said, adding: "I believe that I have learnt my lesson."

District judge Roger Lowe offered him a drink drive rehabilitation course which if successfully completed will reduce his driving ban by three months.