A DRINK-DRIVER was more than three times over the alcohol limit when he crashed his car in Deeside.
Chris Shone, 32, admitted driving with 117 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath, compared to the legal limit of 35.
The defendant, of Brynhyfryd in Holywell, received a 12-month community order, which includes his attendance on a drink-driver’s course.
It also includes an order that he must not consume alcohol in a public place for 12 months.
Shone, who was ordered to pay £85 costs, was also banned from driving for 28 months.
Flintshire Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Mold, warned that it was a very high reading which could have led to a prison sentence.
Prosecutor Justin Espie said an off-duty police officer had been driving from Northop Hall towards Ewloe on November 15.
A Citroen car driven by the defendant collided with his vehicle but continued down a hill in the direction of Northop Hall. Shone tried to escape but lost control, mounted a pavement and hit a street light.
Chris Jessie, defending, said his client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.