A SUSPECTED drink-driver was caught after parking his car outside a nightclub in Dunfermline.

Romanian Mihail Surdu was so intoxicated that he was refused entry and the police were then alerted to him having been behind the wheel.

After being arrested, Surdu, who lives in Dunfermline, refused a breath test and has now been hit with a ban and a hefty fine.

Surdu, 30, of Cochrane Walk, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court with a Romanian translator.

He was on a home curfew at the time and was breaching it by being out.

Surdu admitted that on April 20 at Dunfermline police station he failed to provide breath specimens.

He also breached bail conditions that day by failing to comply with a home curfew between 11pm and 6am.

Depute fiscal Lauren Pennycook said at 12.35am Surdu was seen driving into the street outside Life nightclub by a doorman there.

The car was parked and Surdu then tried to get into the venue but was refused because he appeared to be under the influence.

The police were contacted and when officers arrived they found Surdu near the vehicle.

He was arrested and taken to Dunfermline police station where he failed to comply with alcohol testing.

Defence solicitor Aime Allan said her client had lost his job in construction as a result of the incident.

Sheriff Wylie Robertson fined Surdu £1,375 and banned him from driving for 16 months.