A student has been disqualified from driving after being found more than double the legal alcohol limit with the keys in the ignition of his car.
Witnesses spotted Jack Sibbert, 20, sleeping in his black Seat Ibiza on Great Western Road in Aberdeen.
The Mintlaw man told Aberdeen Sheriff Court he had been on a night out with colleagues and “could not remember” how he came to be sleeping in the car at the roadside.
Sibbert, who chose to represent himself during yesterday’s hearing, said he had parked there before heading out the previous evening.
The Robert Gordon University student was later found to have the keys in the ignition when police arrived at the scene at 6am on November 15.
Fiscal depute Brian Young said that, when breathalysed by officers at the roadside, Sibbert gave a reading 59 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 22mcg.
Sibbert, of Osprey Gardens, Mintlaw, admitted being “in charge” of the vehicle while over the limit, which is different from drink-driving.
Sheriff Ian Wallace said: “I consider this offence to be equivalent to a charge of drink-driving and that has an automatic ban of 12 months.
“This is a serious conviction, but you can still go on and live a productive life.”
Sibbert was also fined £500.