A HGV driver who was stopped by police on his way home from buying a takeaway was found to be three times over the legal drink drive limit.

Ian Allan Nattrass, of High Croft, Spennymoor, was stopped by officers near his home on April 6 and failed the roadside breath test.

He was then found to have 100 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

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David Maddison, prosecuting, said police were tipped off about a potential drink driver and were given the registration of Nattrass’ Ford Fiesta.

They went to his home and saw the 57-year-old driving at about 8pm.

A probation officer said Nattrass had consumed five cans of lager that day and struggled to cope after the death of his mother-in-law and best friend.

At Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court today, magistrate John Robinson banned him for 17 months and gave him a community order for 12 months with ten rehabilitation activity requirement days. He will also complete a drink impaired driving programme and pay an £85 victim surcharge.