A man has been banned from driving for more than a year after being caught driving at almost double the drink drive limit.

Police stopped Mohammed Hassen Zaman after receiving reports of someone driving erratically in an Audi A4 around Blackburn town centre in the early hours of July 11.

Blackburn Magistrates' Court heard how Zaman denied he had drinking but then failed a breathalyser test, blowing a reading of 62 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath, when the legal drink drive limit is 35mcg.

Zaman, 22, of Douglas Place, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in court on Thursday, July 28.

He was fined £120 and told to pay £85 costs and a £48 victim surcharge and banned from driving for 17 months.

Naima Hussain, mitigating, said when the police pulled him over he panicked.

"This was the first time he had done this and he hasn't had a drink since," said Miss Hussain.

"He works at Manchester Airport as a check-in agent and losing his licence will have an impact on his job."