The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to charges at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

A drink-driver from Fremington who crashed his car while travelling to Bideford has been disqualified.

Joseph Richard Woolmer of Yelland Road, was given a 23 month ban after pleading guilty to drink-driving, at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The court heard that Woolmer was driving to Bideford on the B3233 near Instow after drinking at The Fox in Fremington.

Lyndsey Baker, prosecuting, said a security guard at Instow’s Royal Marine base found his Citroen Saxo on fire after it had left the road.

The 28-year-old said he had lost control of the vehicle after skidding on mud. He informed police he had drank three or four shandies at the pub, but had been drinking heavily the night before. He was taken to North Devon District Hospital as a result of injuries he had received.

Tests revealed that 208 microgrammes of alcohol was present in 100ml of his blood.

Paul Waters, defending, said: “The night before this incident he had drank quite heavily.

“He then goes through the next day without drinking and had a couple of shandies, three or four, to make himself feel better.

“He got a call from this brother while walking home to say there was a family emergency, so drove. Clearly there was still quite a large level of alcohol in his system.”

In addition to the driving ban, Woolmer was given a 12 month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work.

He was also made to pay £170 in costs.

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