A MAN with a "horrendous" driving record was reported to the police by members of the public who were concerned because he was driving while drunk.

Blackburn magistrates heard when Shaun James Wood provided a roadside sample to police it showed he was three and a half times the legal limit.

And further inquiries revealed he was also banned from driving.

Wood, 30, of Duchess Street, Shaw, Oldham, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance and failing to provide a specimen for analysis. He was jailed for 12 weeks and banned from driving for four years.

Andy Robinson, prosecuting, said Wood was banned for four years in June 2019 for dangerous driving and had numerous previous convictions for drink related offences and driving while disqualified. Members of the public alerted police to a drunk driver and Wood was found in his car on Burnley Road, Rawtenstall, at 8.40pm on Saturday.

CCTV showed him driving his car into the car park where he was found. Having given a roadside sample of 127 against the legal limit of 35 he then failed to provide a specimen at the police station.

Umar Shahzad, defending, said his client knew his behaviour was unacceptable.

"He wishes to apologise to the court and the police," said Mr Shahzad.

"He accepts he has a problem with alcohol."