A SOZZLED chef crashed into traffic lights in Rosyth as he drove back from Edinburgh more than three times over the limit.

Scott Spink, 31, from Dunfermline, had gone drinking after his work, slept in his car then drove back to Fife at around 6am.

Police had been contacted by a witness concerned about Spink’s erratic driving coming over the Queensferry Crossing and then another call came in reporting a crash.

Spink, of Mathieson Place, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on July 18, at Pitreavie roundabout, Rosyth, he drove a car having consumed excess alcohol. His reading was 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 22 microgrammes.

The court was told the incident occurred at 6.25am.

There was an initial report to police about a vehicle speeding and swerving about the road.

There was then a further call that the car had collided with traffic lights and that the driver had left the scene.

However, officers found Spink at 6.45am and he said: “It was me.”

Defence solicitor Calum Harris said his client worked as a head chef in Edinburgh and was returning home from there.

He had been working until 11pm and had then started drinking with colleagues.

He had been drinking beer until 2am then went to sleep in his car from 3am.

He woke up before 6am and decided to drive home “in the knowledge he was over the limit”.

Mr Harris added: “This was out of character for him.”

He said his client had been going through a difficult time, having separated from his partner and told the court there was dispute over contact with his child.

Sheriff Susan Duff fined Spink £420 and banned him from driving for a year.