A drink driver who hit a parked car was said to be lucky to walk away from the incident without sustaining serious injuries.

Blackburn Magistrates' Court heard Paul Roberts had to be removed from his vehicle before being taken to hospital, where he provided a blood sample more than double the legal limit.

Roberts, 24, of Old Gates Drive, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was made subject to a community order for 12 months with an alcohol treatment programme to be included in 12 days Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 60 hours unpaid work.

He was banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £114 victim surcharge.

Victoria Forrest, prosecuting, said police were called to Moulden Brow, Feniscowles, where ambulance and fire service personnel were in attendance, on October 28, 2023.

Significant damage had been caused to a parked vehicle and there was a trail of debris leading to the defendant's Citroen DS3 which was further up the road.

"The damage to his vehicle was significant and it was ultimately written off," said Miss Forrest.

"He was removed from the vehicle and it would appear he has been incredibly fortunate to walk away from the accident without serious injury."

A blood test for alcohol on Roberts showed he had 186 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood, more than double the legal limit of 80mg per 100ml of blood.

Bill Rawstron, in mitigation, said a pre-sentence report suggested an Alcohol Abstinence Requirement but his client did not think he would be able to comply.

"He was too embarrassed to be totally honest with the author of the report," said Mr Rawstron.

"He keeps things bottled up and has understated the extent to which he has been drinking and is likely to continue drinking."