AFTER visiting several pubs and an argument with his girlfriend, a 34-year-old man was so far over the drink-drive limit that he drove into eight parked cars. Barry Richard Inman, of Dove House Court, Godmanchester, crashed his Ford Focus while driving in

AFTER visiting several pubs and an argument with his girlfriend, a 34-year-old man was so far over the drink-drive limit that he drove into eight parked cars.

Barry Richard Inman, of Dove House Court, Godmanchester, crashed his Ford Focus while driving in a narrow Godmanchester street, damaging several vehicles.

He was detained by a witness to the incident in St Ann's Lane until police arrived and breathalysed him, Tracy Bellingham, prosecuting, told Huntingdonshire magistrates on Wednesday.

His driving on February 22 caused extensive damage to many of the parked cars and considerable damage to the front of his own car, Mrs Bellingham added.

At the police station, he was found to have a breath-alcohol reading of 124 microgrammes per 100 millilitres - more than three-and-a-half times the legal limit of 35.

When police interviewed him the following morning, he admitted having been drinking from 5pm until 8.30pm, and said he had had an argument with his girlfriend.

Inman, who pleaded had guilty at an earlier hearing to driving with excess alcohol, had a previous drink-drive conviction in 1999.

He was banned from driving for three years - which will be reduced by nine months if he successfully completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course - and ordered to pay £60 court costs.

He was also made the subject of an 18-month community order, including supervision by the Probation Service, attendance at a drink-impaired driver programme, and 150 hours of unpaid community work.