A DRIVER who crashed off the A59 at Broughton was more than twice over the alcohol limit, heard Skipton Magistrates.

Scott Howarth-Hynes, 23, of Barnoldswick, was reported to police by members of the public after coming off the road in his Ford Focus on March 11 and ending up in a ditch, the court heard on Friday.

He provided a positive road side alcohol test and was taken to the police station where he was found to have 85 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit is 35.

Howarth-Hynes, of previous good character, admitted drink driving.

He told the court he had come off the road and could not explain how it had happened.

He added he was self-employed and travelled all over the country, and that the loss of his licence would affect his work.

Magistrates told Howarth-Hynes, of Vicarage Road, he had been given maximum credit for both being candid with police at the time, and for his early guilty plea. He was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a surcharge of £30. If he completes a drink drivers rehabilitation course, his ban will be reduced by a third.