A profilic drink driver has been banned from driving for five years.
Juri Odrus, 62, of Shrewsbury Road, Worksop, originates from Russia and required a translator when he appeared in Worksop Magistrates’ Court.
Odrus was stopped by police after the manner of his driving caught their attention.
Ruth Snowdin, prosecuting, said: “He was so unsteady on his feet the officer had to help him to the police car.”
“The officer could smell alcohol on his breath and his speech was slurred.”
He was given a breath test at the scene and then taken into custody where he failed to provide a specimen.
Ian Pridham, defending, said: “He has spent a considerable amount of time in this country. This is his second period and has been here since 2005.”
“Alcohol is not really a major problem.”
“He can cycle or walk to work and the shops are local.”
“He has given his vehicle to a friend to sell.”
“He doesn’t drink during the week because he works nights.”
“On this occasion he had been drinking during the day and fallen asleep.”
“When he woke up he realised the shopping hadn’t been done. He thought the shops would be open as he did not know how late it was.”
Odrus, who admitted failing to provide a specimen, was given an 18 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and 60 hours of unpaid work. He was banned from driving for five years and must pay £85 costs and £80 victim surcharge.