A LOCHGELLY man has been banned from driving after going back to his car following a heavy drinking session.

Brian Michalski claimed his intention had been to have a sleep in the car as he was too drunk to walk home.

Michalski, 60, of Paul Street, was found guilty of two charges after a trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He denied that on August 18 last year, at Chapel Street, Lochgelly, he failed to co-operate with a breath test.

He also denied that on the same day, he was in charge of a car at the same location after consuming excess alcohol. His reading was 91 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The Court heard that Michalski, a social care worker, had failed to properly carry out a roadside breath test.

Police officers said he was “sucking instead of blowing” during the test.

Later at the police station, he did a perform a test and was found to be more than four times over the limit.

Michalski said he had gone around various pubs in Lochgelly having left his car parked at nearby shops.

He told the Court he was too drunk to walk home after visiting different pubs, was feeling ill and had decided to sleep in his car, with no intention to drive.

Police said they found Michalski’s car parked over four bays in the car park of the Co-op store.

Sheriff Charles Macnair found Michalski guilty of both charges. He imposed a fine of £1,000 and a nine-month driving ban.