A WOBBLY South Normanton biker stopped by police in the village told them he had drunk half a bottle of rum.
Officers saw a Peugeot Speedfight scooter wobble as it weaved along Somercotes Hill just after midnight on September 10.
They followed and it stopped in Birchwood Way, where rider Ryan Seals struggled to stop the machine falling over after getting off it.
“He said: ‘You may as well take the keys. I’ve had half a bottle of Bacardi and coke’,” prosecutor Becky Mahon told Chesterfield magistrates.
He went on to provide a reading of 86mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath – almost two-and-a-half times the 35mcgs limit.
Seals, 21, of Eastfield Drive, South Normanton, admitted drink-driving. He had no previous convictions.
He was fined £215, with £85 costs, and handed a 20-month road ban, to be cut to 15 months if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.
Julie Page, for Seals, said he had been drinking at his girlfriend’s home and intended to stay the night there but a row blew up when a friend of hers made a comment about his grandmother, who had died a few weeks earlier.
“This upset him. It was perhaps blown out of proportion because of the drink and he got on his scooter and left. He stopped as soon as he noticed police behind him,” said Ms Page.
She told the court the ban would not prevent Seals getting to work as a machine operator at Griffith Laboratories, adding: “He will have to get out of bed an hour earlier.”