A Fife man who was found asleep in a broken down car by a worried passerby was more than three times above the drink drive limit.
Christopher Fraser was inside the vehicle which had been parked on a grass verge next to the notorious A915 Standing Stane Road in the early hours of November 12.
The pssserby tried to wake the 32-year-old, of Cameron Park in Thornton, but got no response so immediately drove to Levenmouth Police Station to report it.
Officers were sent to the scene and found Fraser, who claimed a friend had been driving the car before they suffered engine difficulties.
He said his friend left the scene but Fraser chose to stay with the vehicle because it contained a quantity of expensive tools.
Officers became concerned he was under the influence of alcohol because he was slurring his words.
He appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court where he pled guilty to being in charge of a vehicle having consumed so much alcohol that he gave a reading of 73 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 22.
Depute fiscal Nicola Henderson told how a member of the public approached the vehicle, which was left near the Wellsgreen Golf Range, at around 4am.
She said: “The witness attended at the front office of Levenmouth police station.
“They had been driving along Standing Stane Road and had observed the accused’s vehicle which was parked off the road road near to the golf driving range.
“The witnesses approached the vehicle to see if it the owner was in it and were concerned due to the way it was parked.
“They knocked on the window but got no response so drove to the police station tor report the matter.
“Police were dispatched and they could see that the vehicle was off the road and down a grass bank, around 50 meters away from the driving range.”
Officers managed to wake a sleeping Fraser but suspected he had been drinking so carried out roadside test procedures.
Defence solicitor Larissa Milligan told the court that in hindsight, her client accepted he should have left the vehicle and had roadside breakdown cover in place.
She added that her client already had six points on his licence and appreciated he would face being disqualified from driving.
The unemployed landscape gardener was fined £600 by Sheriff Pino Di Emidio and given an additional 10 points.
As a result, Fraser has been banned from driving for six months due to totting-up.