A ROW with his partner led to a Dunfermline man driving when more than three times over the limit.

Pawel Pabich, 38, of Bridge Street, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on April 3, at Halbeath Road, he drove having consumed excess alcohol.

His reading was 73 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 22 microgrammes.

Depute fiscal Mat Piskorz said that at around 3.45am, police were informed that Pabich had driven off from his home when drunk.

They tracked him down and he failed a breath test.

Defence solicitor James Moncrieff said: “He’d been drinking earlier in the evening. There had been an argument and he went out to his car, planning to spend the night there.

“He had the engine running for the heating to be on and he noticed the fuel was running low.

“He decided to go to a petrol station, which was the closest one to his home. He was stopped by police at the petrol station.”

Sheriff Charles Macnair fined Pabich £575 and banned him from driving for 12 months.