A BOOZY Christmas party ended in a driving ban after one reveller decided to drive home while nearly three times over the legal drink drive limit.
At 3.50am on December 11, police spotted Ruslan Denissov, 27, of Nelson Road, sitting behind the wheel of a Hyundai in Cambridge Road with his head in his hands.
Hastings magistrates heard last Friday how the car then drove off before being pulled over by officers near the traffic lights in Havelock Road.
Mark Kateley, prosecuting, said: “Mr Denissov was at the driver’s wheel.
“He smelt of alcohol, he ended up in custody and gave a reading of 104mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.”
The legal limit is just 35mcg.
Denissov, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to one count of drink driving.
A charge of driving without insurance was withdrawn.
Mark Glendenning, defending, said: “Mr Denissov had been at a works party and took the decision to drive home.
“He works as a porter at a bakery in Cranbrook.
“He’s been in the country for a year, he drives on an Estonian licence and has not yet transferred his licence here.”
Denissov was sentenced to a 12-month community order and must carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.
He was banned from driving for 24 months and Denissov must pay £85 court costs.