A DUNFERMLINE man thought he would be “okay” to drive to the shops after a night of drinking.

However, by 3.40pm in the afternoon, William Blount was still more than double the limit.

William Blount, 43, of Edward Street, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on August 17, in Arthur Street, he drove a car after consuming excess alcohol.

His reading was 49 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 22 microgrammes.

Depute fiscal Lauren Pennycook said Blount had attracted the attention of police by parking on zig-zag lines near a pedestrian crossing.

The officers then saw Blount getting into his car and driving off but they stopped him nearby in Arthur Street.

There was a strong smell of alcohol from Blount’s vehicle when officers spoke to him.

Defence solicitor Aime Allan said: “He’d been drinking the night before into the early hours. He’d then fallen asleep and he woke up in the afternoon. It was a misjudgement on his part to drive.

“He says it was a stupid mistake to go out to the shops in his car but he thought he would be okay.”

Sheriff Susan Duff imposed a community payback order with 66 hours of unpaid work and a 12-month driving ban.