A HEAVILY-INTOXICATED driver crashed into the back of a parked lorry, writing off his own car.

The culprit was 43-year Robert Peterson, from Dunfermline, who was almost four times over the limit.

Peterson, of Izatt Avenue, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on August 23, on the A92 Lochgelly to Cowdenbeath, he drove a car carelessly and collided with the rear of a lorry while it was stationary in a parking area.

He also drove having consumed excess alcohol. His reading was 83 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 22 microgrammes.

Depute fiscal Lauren Pennycook said the lorry driver had been parked up in a lay-by for almost six hours when he heard a loud bang at around 10.45pm.

A car had crashed into the back of his trailer, wedging underneath.

The car driver was standing at the side of the carriageway and said he had consumed alcohol earlier that night.

Police were called and Peterson was arrested.

Defence solicitor Christopher Large said his client’s recollection of events was “not the best”.

He added: “He can’t remember why he took the ill-advised decision to drive that evening. He accepts it was a stupid thing to do and says he feels ashamed.

“He sees it as a stain on himself and his family. The car has been written off.”

Sheriff Susan Duff imposed a community payback order with 66 hours of unpaid work and a one-year driving ban.

However, if he completes the drink-drivers’ rehabilitation course successfully, the ban would be cut to just nine months.