A Nelson man admitted driving while almost twice the drink drive limit.
John Doherty (50), of Barkerhouse Road, was fined £300 and banned from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Magistrates heard he was spotted by a police officer driving a van in Reedyford Road, Nelson, shortly after 5pm on November 4th.
He was stopped and a test revealed 69 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35. He was also offered the drink-drive rehabilitation course.