A DRINK-DRIVER was more than six times over the limit when he crashed through a hedge into a front garden in Dunfermline.

The unwanted midnight visitor was a heavily-inebriated Russell McNaughton, who was heard saying: “What have I done?” as he staggered from his vehicle.

McNaughton, 38, formerly of Tweed Street, now of Drummond Place, Blackridge, West Lothian, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on September 1, in Drum Road, Dunfermline, he drove having consumed excess alcohol. His reading was 144 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 22 microgrammes.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said that, at around midnight, police received a call to say a car had gone through a hedge into a garden.

Officers found McNaughton at the scene unsteady on his feet and saying: “What have I done? I’m p*****.”

Defence solicitor Amy Harley said: “He understands what he did posed serious harm to others. He has mental health difficulties and this leads to him leaning on alcohol.

“He was living alone at the time and felt isolated. He’s now back living with his parents.”

Sheriff David Hall noted that McNaughton had a previous drink-driving conviction.

He told McNaughton: “This was a very high count.” He imposed a community payback order with one year of supervision and 140 hours of unpaid work. McNaughton was also banned from driving for 32 months.