A Moray motorist has admitted being four times the drink-drive limit while his babies were in the car.
Orhan Mahmudov, from Lhanbryde, was stopped by police at the Baxters roundabout on the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road near Fochabers.
Witnesses reported seeing the driver, who has a Turkish licence, swerving across the road on September 27.
Yesterday the 32-year-old admitted a drink driving charge when he appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court.
Fiscal depute Rowena Carlton said: “The accused came to the attention of police at about 10.45pm. The car had been seen crossing over the central white line on several occasions.
“The accused was driving at the time with his partner and twins, who are both under a year old, also in the car.”
Defence solicitor Grant Daglish said the couple had been visiting family to celebrate a wedding anniversary and had intended to stay the night.
However, when Mahmudov’s wife suspected arguments were about to break out, she requested that they leave and went home.
Mr Daglish added: “He was not aware of how much he had drunk and made the foolish to drive his family home.
“He accepts he shouldn’t have got into the car, which is perhaps an ignorance of the law. However, he accepts that is no excuse.”
Sheriff Gary Aitken said: “This is a very high reading, which must be reflected in the penalty.”
Mahmudov, of Glenesk Road in Lhanbryde, pleaded guilty to having 88 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 22mcg. He was banned from driving for 14 months and fined £600.