A drink-driver who crashed into a parked car fell over as he tried to get to his home.

Blackburn magistrates heard another motorist called the police after seeing Mark Holmes staggering from his crashed vehicle.

Holmes, of New Lane, Oldham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on Todmorden Road, Bacup.

He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison suspended for 12 months, made subject to 25 days rehabilitation activity requirement, banned from driving for 48 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £30 victim surcharge,

Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said Holmes had given a reading more than three times the limit on the roadside breathalyser and a blood sample taken at the police station later gave a reading of more then three and a half times the limit.

She said Holmes had two previous convictions for driving with excess alcohol.

A probation report presented to the court said Holmes had been involved in a row with his partner and had been drinking vodka before going off in his car.

He suffered three broken ribs in the crash.

The chairman of the magistrates told Holmes his behaviour was "totally inexcusable."

"You were nearly four times the legal limit and it was fortunate you didn't kill or seriously injure someone," he said.