A DRINK driver who was found slumped over the wheel of his car later gave a breathalyser reading which was literally off the scale.

The sentencing guidelines on which the magistrates base their decisions only go up to 150 and the Grzegorz Kozminski gave a reading of 155.

Kozminski, 38, of Acre View, Bacup, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on Newchurch Road, Bacup. He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison suspended for 18 months with a nine months alcohol treatment requirement and 15 days rehabilitation activity requirement.

He was banned from driving for five years after the court heard he had a previous drink drive conviction in 2013. He was ordered to pay £128 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Adam Bonney, prosecuting, said paramedics drove past a 3 Series BMW parked awkwardly towards the side of the road.

"There was a man slumped in the driver's seat and the paramedics were concerned for his welfare and went to investigate," said Mr Bonney.

"They managed to rouse the defendant, could smell alcohol and contacted the police."

Mr Bonney said Kozminski gave a roadside reading of 145 and a reading at the police station of 155.

"If you look at your sentencing guidelines they only go up to 150," said Mr Bonney.

Janet Sime, defending, said the defendant accepted the reading was extremely high.

"When he realised he wasn't fit to drive he pulled over and parked the car," said Miss Sime.

"He did the right thing eventually although clearly it was the wrong thing to get in the vehicle in the first place."

Miss Sime said on a positive note her client had engaged with Inspire and Alcoholics Anonymous.

"He is determined to achieve sobriety in the long-term," said Miss Sime.

"When he speaks to his doctor and the people at Inspire they tell him not to stop drinking because he is so dependent.

"There is a risk of seizures if he stops drinking suddenly and clearly he is going to need expert help."