A DISQUALIFIED driver has had his ban extended after getting behind the wheel and crashing his wife’s car while over the drink-drive limit.

Blessmore Gunzo decided to test drive his wife's Jaguar S Type on August 27 after she told him there was a problem with it.

On his way back to his home in Herne Road, Ramsey St Mary's at about 3.30pm, Gunzo overtook a car, hit a bump in the road, lost control and ended up in a field next to the road close to his home.

Emergency services were called and while Gunzo was being treated by paramedics, police officers breathalysed the 36-year-old, who gave a reading of more than three times the legal drink-drive limit, Huntingdon magistrates heard. Gunzo was taken to hospital where he refused to provide a blood sample.

The court heard that Gunzo had drunk eight cans of Stella Artois between 8.30pm and midnight the evening before but he had to test drive the car as he wanted to keep his family safe.

He had also not told his family about the ban because he was embarrassed by it.

The court heard that he was banned for three years previously due to drink-driving - failing the breath test with 135 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, nearly four times the legal limit - while he had two young children in the car.

On Thursday, Gunzo admitted driving while disqualified, failing to provide specimen and driving without third party insurance.

Gunzo was banned from driving for three years, given an 19-month community rehabilitation order with supervision. He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and attend a drink impaired drivers programme.

He was ordered to pay £85 costs, and his licence was endorsed for driving without insurance.