A drink driver forced police to take evasive action when his car came flying round a corner sharply.

Blackburn Magistrates' Court heard that when officers stopped Alexander Murray, they could immediately small alcohol and he was breathalysed.

He was pulled over in his silver Mercedes-Benz C Class Sport in Adelaide Street, Accrington, on July 7.

Murray, 31, of Preston New Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Briony Cook, prosecuting, said when police spoke to Murray he said he "had a pint about an hour earlier" but then gave a reading on the breathalyser of 60 microgrammes per 100ml of breath, over the against the legal limit of 35mcg.

Murray, who was not represented, said he would lose his job as a result of losing his licence.

He said his dad had died two weeks before he was stopped.

"I hadn't been eating properly and my head was all over the place," he said.

His pleas of mitigation fell on deaf ears in court on Thursday, July 28, as magistrates handed him a 17 month driving disqualification.

He was also fined £500 and ordered to pay a £200 victim surcharge and £85 costs.