A DRINK driver caught over the limit three times within weeks has been locked up for almost a year.
Michael Peary, aged 37, crashed into a fence and was more than twice the legal limit when he was stopped for the third time.
Sheffield Crown Court heard the dad-of-two was drinking to ‘solve’ personal problems - but denied being an alcoholic.
By committing the offences Peary, of Midland Road, Royston, Barnsley, breached a suspended sentence for a common assault during which he threatened to burn his partner.
He was first stopped in his Vauxhall Astra by police on Pontefract Road, Lundwood, in September.
He gave breath and blood samples which were over the limit, but before he could make his first court appearance he was pulled over again on November 9.
Elizabeth Martin, prosecuting, said he arrived home ‘quite clearly drunk’ before setting off in his new Toyota Corolla, colliding with a metal fence outside a nearby house.
Ms Martin said he was arrested after driving away, telling officers he’d ‘only had a few cans’.
Unopened beer was found in the car along with cannabis and diazepam tablets.
Three days later he was stopped again, after his partner called police saying he had driven off drunk following a row. Ms Martin said officers saw him ‘driving in an erratic manner’.
He gave a breath sample at 80 micrograms. The legal limit is 35.
Andrew Smith, defending, said Peary ‘seemed offended’ by the suggestion he was an alcoholic.
Peary admitted drink driving, possessing cannabis and failing to stop after an accident.
He was jailed for 11 months and banned from driving for three years.