A High Valleyfield drink-driver fled from his car after crashing it when four times over the limit.

Ryan McManus, 39, of Forth Crescent, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court by video-link from prison.

He admitted that on February 5 on the B9037 at Shiresmill, he drove a car having consumed excess alcohol. His reading was 267 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine, the legal limit being 67 milligrammes.

He drove without insurance and drove unaccompanied on a provisional licence. He also failed to identify the driver of the car to police officers when asked.

Depute fiscal Catherine Stevenson said McManus’ car was seen stopped in the middle of the road having apparently struck a wall. The driver who came across the accident went to see what had happened. After being told the police had been called, McManus said, “I have to go”.

He left his vehicle but was tracked down by officers as he ran in the direction of Culross cemetery. He would not say who had been driving and then failed a roadside breath test.

Defence solicitor Stephen Morrison said, “His life had already started to spiral out of control. He is ashamed of his behaviour.”

McManus is currently serving a 20-month jail sentence for another matter.

Sheriff Craig McSherry banned McManus from driving for three years. He also imposed fines totalling £1800 but McManus will serve the alternative period in prison as part of his current sentence.