The 27-year-old lost control of his car after drinking and ended up in a hedge, North Devon Magistrates Court hears.

A Hartland man who ran over a ‘give way’ sign after drinking all evening has been banned from driving and fined.

Alan Pennington, 27, of Vicarage Close, said he did not know why he decided to get behind the wheel on the night of May 1.

North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard his Audi A5 was found by police crashed into a hedge at Clarkes Corner near Hartland.

When officers attended the scene Clarke was nowhere to be seen.

Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said: “While checking the vehicle the officer saw a person come out of the darkness and approach him.

“When asked in interview why he left the vehicle he said he had gone back to the main road to flag a vehicle down for assistance.”

Pennington told police he had had consumed seven-to-eight pints.

Two hours after he was arrested he blew a reading of 77 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath - twice the legal limit.

Pennington, unrepresented in court, said: “I don’t drink drive; I hate drink driving. It was stupid.”

Magistrates banned him from driving for 20 months and fined him £400 plus costs.

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