A DRUNKEN sailor abandoned his car after trying to drive back into the HMS Caledonia base in Rosyth in the early hours of the morning.

Brett Gorham, an aircraft engineering technician in the Royal Navy, appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

Gorham, 37, of HMS Caledonia, admitted that on Saturday at Hilton Road, Rosyth, he failed to identify the driver of his vehicle.

He also admitted that at Dunfermline police station he failed to provide two breath specimens required to ascertain his alcohol level.

Depute fiscal Alistair McDermid told the court that Gorham had spoken to a civilian security worker at the gate of HMS Caledonia at 1.55am.

When he was asked for his ID to be allowed into the base, he instead produced a bank card.

The gate worker “noted a smell of alcohol and that the driver appeared to have urinated himself,” added the depute.

Gorham drove off and the worker took a note of his registration number.

“At 2.25am, the accused attended there again but this time on foot and this time produced his military identification,” said Mr McDermid.

Police were contacted and military officers located Gorham’s car parked at a nearby Sainsbury store.

Gorham refused to tell the officers who was driving his car and then would not give breath samples when taken to the police station.

When cautioned and charged, he said: “What charges are you holding me under?”

The court was told Gorham is originally from England but has been working at Rosyth for the past 18 months.

Sheriff Charles MacNair fined him £800 and banned him from driving for 16 months.