A CROSSFORD man who ended up crashing his car while nearly four times over the drink-drive limit has been ordered to do unpaid work.

Liam Donnelly was banned from driving after the offences, which took place in the early hours of the morning between Kincardine and Cairneyhill.

Appearing for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court yesterday (Wednesday), Donnelly, 28, of Cairneyhill Road, previously admitted driving on the A985 on July 20 after consuming alcohol where there was 86 microgrammes of it in 100 millilitres of breath, when the legal limit is 22.

He also drove dangerously, turned off his headlights repeatedly, swerved on the opposing carriageway, collided with the opposing carriageway, collided with the opposite road verge, lost control of his vehicle and failed to negotiate a roundabout before colliding with a bush.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said a witness in the Devilla Forest car park heard screeching and banging coming from the road at around 2.30am.

He went to investigate and found a car in a ditch with the driver, Donnelly, under the influence of alcohol.

Donnelly drove off after police were contacted and the witness followed.

During a six-mile journey which was recorded on the other driver's dashcam, he turned his headlights on and off, swerved onto the opposite side of the road, hit the kerb, sped up, slowed down and came to a stop before driving off again.

On reaching the Cairneyhill roundabout, he attempted to take the first exit towards Oakley but failed to negotiate the corner at slow speed and ended up colliding with a bush on the opposite side of the road.

Solicitor Barbara Collie said her client suffered from poor mental health and had, since being charged, sought help from his GP.

"It appears to be an isolated incident," she added.

Sheriff James Macdonald said it had been a "prolonged" incident.

"I must take account of the potential danger your driving posed to other members of the public," he said. "There were several instances where your driving fell far below the standards expected. You are extremely fortunate you didn't cause a major road traffic collision."

He placed him on a community payback order with supervision for 15 months and ordered him to do 160 hours of unpaid work within six months.

Donnelly was also banned from driving for 18 months and will have to sit an extended driving test before getting his licence back.