A FITNESS enthusiast who didn't normally drink failed a breathalyser as he drove home after having a couple of pints at a friend's house.

Blackburn magistrates heard Mateusz Bruchwald would lose his job as a delivery driver as a result of the inevitable disqualification.

Bruchwald, 29, of Eastgate, Accrington, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. He was fined £120 with £85 costs and £34 victim surcharge. He was banned from driving for 17 months. Bruchwald gave a breathalyser reading of 64 against the legal limit of 35.

Katie Lord, prosecuting, said a VW Golf driven by the defendant was seen swerving on the M65. He was stopped as he left at the Huncoat junction and gave a roadside reading of 56.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client very rarely drank.

"He is a regular at the gym and alcohol isn't conducive to his lifestyle," said Mr Taylor. "He had been to a friend's house and drank two pints of lager and drove home after that."

Mr Taylor said the roadside reading was lower than the evidential sample given at the police station.

"The alcohol hadn't really impacted on him," said Mr Taylor.