An Angus drink-driver seen staggering around a petrol station forecourt will return for sentencing on April 7.
Daniel John Higgins, 22, of Kirkton Park, Forfar, admitted driving with excess alcohol (102 mics) on August 23 on the town’s Academy Street.
He also admitted assaulting a police officer on the same date at Kirkton Park by butting him on the face.
Forfar Sheriff Court heard Higgins was spotted in the forecourt of a filling station revving his engine before getting out.
Witnesses saw him staggering out of the vehicle and police were contacted.
The vehicle was traced and the engine was still warm.
Higgins was then found later at his home address by officers.
They detected alcohol on his breath and he began to shout and swear.
He approached the police officer and headbutted him.
Higgins made contact with his face but he was not injured.
Defence agent Nick Markowski said it was “entirely out of character”.
He said Higgins normally does not drink but he had gone to a party.
“He was encouraged to start drinking,” said Mr Markowski.
“There was an element of peer pressure.
“There was an argument at the party and he decided to leave.
“He was slightly upset and made the wrong decision.”
Mr Markowski said his client reacted badly when police arrived as he anticipated he was going to be taken into custody.
However, he said his client’s version of events differed slightly from the Crown’s in that his position was that there was only “slight contact” with the officer’s face.