A DRUNK motorist was found slumped over the wheel of his van by police officers after driving when more than FIVE TIMES over the limit.

The keys of the vehicle had been removed by another driver concerned at the erratic driving of Colin Pratt in High Valleyfield.

Pratt had found a bottle of vodka in his van and knocked it back, Dunfermline Sheriff Court was told.

Pratt, 43, of Link Road, Crombie, admitted that on March 13, at Valleyfield Avenue, High Valleyfield, he drove a vehicle having consumed excess alcohol.

His reading was 112 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres in breath, the legal limit being 22 microgrammes.

Depute fiscal Katherine Fraser said the incident took place at 7.30am when Pratt was driving a Ford Transit van.

“Another vehicle was cut up by the accused, who then swerved and hit a kerb, coming to a stop,” she went on.

“The other driver parked in front of the van and went to speak to the accused. He immediately formed the impression the accused was drunk and there was a smell of alcohol in his vehicle.

“He took the keys out of the ignition and contacted the police. When officers arrived, the accused was slumped over the steering wheel, sleeping.”

The depute said that Pratt had an “appalling” record of similar offending.

Defence solicitor Ian Beatson said his client was an alcoholic. He had previously been a soldier, serving in Bosnia and Iraq, where he had been badly injured in an explosion which resulted in him being in a coma for a month.

He said his client attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings regularly and had not touched a drink for five years until this occasion.

“There was a bottle of vodka in the van and unfortunately he consumed it. The pull of alcohol was too much for him,” added Mr Beatson.

The court heard Pratt had four previous convictions for drink-driving and one of these had resulted in a jail sentence.

Sheriff Keith O’Mahony sent Pratt back to jail for a six-month term and banned him from driving for four years.