A man who was found to be more than four times the drink-drive limit had crashed into multiple objects while behind the wheel.

Blackburn Magistrates' Court heard how Philip Hargreaves couldn't remember hitting a bin and a stationary vehicle as he tried to park up near his home in Derwent Street, Darwen, on March 29.

District Judge Alexandra Preston said: "That was probably because he was so drunk."

Hargreaves, 61, of Derwent Street, Darwen, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison suspended for 12 months with a three-month alcohol treatment requirement, 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Hargreaves was also banned from driving for 36 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £154 victim surcharge.

Nasima Patel, prosecuting, said residents in the Dove Lane area reported Hargreaves to the police after seeing his Kia Picanto collide with several items.

"Police describe him as slurring his words and hardly able to stand without supporting himself against a wall," said Miss Patel.

She said Hargreaves gave a breathalyser reading of 142 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath, more than four times the legal limit of 35mcg.

Kimberley Morton, mitigating, said her client claimed he had drunk alcohol after driving but accepted he had been drunk while driving.

"He had gone to a friend's house and normally didn't drive when he was doing that," said Miss Morton.

She said her client's drinking increased after his father died and he was now engaging with alcohol addiction services.