A Beeford pensioner’s car was “all over the road” when he was more than three times the drink-drive limit, East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard.
John Allington, 69, of St. Leonards Close, was arrested on the afternoon of January 25 following a tip-off from a another motorist.
Prosecuting, Sally Robinson said Allington told police officers who arrested him that his wife was in hospital dying of cancer and that he knew he should have caught a taxi, but was unwilling to pay the £40 fare.
She said; “A witness had got in touch with the police to say that she and her husband were following a red Astra towards Routh from Beverley and the car was all over the place.”
The court heard how police traced the car to Allington’s address where he was seen walking to his house, with the car engine still warm to the touch.
Defending himself, he denied telling police his wife was dying of cancer.
He said: “She’s got pleurisy and pneumonia and what have you. She’s had cancer though.
He added: “There are no mitigating circumstances, but I’ve never been in trouble before.”
The court heard Allington’s breath test reading showed 114 mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mg.
Chairman of the bench Roger Evans said that, in view of the high reading, it was thought the sentence should be more than a fine and a driving ban.
Allington was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.
He was banned form driving for 28 months, and must pay £85 costs with a £60 victim surcharge.