The 22-year-old drove into an unmarked car before driving away, magistrates heard.

A man who drove into an unmarked police car - with an officer inside - while drunk has been given a driving ban.

Sam Thomas Frost of Langridge Ford, Atherington appeared at North Devon Magistrates Court on Friday.

The court heard that Frost, 22, had driven into the back of an unmarked police car on July 11 on the A377 at Bishops Tawton before driving away.

Lynsey Baker, prosecuting, said the plain clothes police officer followed Frost's Peugeot 307 to Chittlehampton, witnessing him cross double white lines, swerving from side to side, and going straight over a set of cross roads.

When he stopped, Frost blew nearly three times the legal limit.

Frost's probation report confirmed that he had drank 'six or seven pints' at a Wetherspoons in Barnstaple, before making the decision to drive home.

He admitted feeling 'ashamed and remorseful' of his actions.

Magistrates banned Frost from driving for 26 months.

He was ordered to 140 hours of unpaid work and made to pay £170 in costs.

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