Driving ban and community order for Barnstaple man who was three times over the limit

A Barnstaple man was arrested for drink driving after Police found him asleep in the driver’s seat in the early hours of the morning.

Matthew Parkin, 35, was handed a 26 month driving disqualification at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Police found him parked outside the Pannier Market in Barnstaple, asleep with the keys in his hands, on November 20, after getting a coach from a works do in St Austell to the Park Hotel.

When asked, he provided police with a breathalyser reading of more than three times the legal limit.

Parkin said he thought he would be alright to drive by the time he got back to Barnstaple, though prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said this ‘obviously wasn’t’ the case.

Defence solicitor Mr Ball said that ‘this event was very much a one-off’ following family difficulties.

On top of the driving ban, Parkin was handed 80 hours of unpaid community work and asked to pay the court a total of £145.