A chicken farmer narrowly escaped an immediate jail sentence after he was caught at almost four times the legal drink-drive limit thanks to a Good Samaritan.
A motorist took the car keys away from Valdemar Voitiukevic and called police after seeing him driving erratically earlier that morning.
Lynn magistrates heard on Tuesday that the witness saw Voitiukevic swerve across the road as he drove behind him on Station Road, East Rudham, at 11am on August 12.
Jane Foster, prosecuting, said Voitiukevic pulled over and the witness carried on driving, but later returned to the scene to find the defendant asleep in the driver’s seat.
Mrs Foster said: “The witness confronted the driver who was clearly drunk.
“The witness managed to secure the car keys to prevent the driver from driving off and called the police.”
Voitiukevic was arrested and a breath test later revealed 139 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.
In interview , Voitiukevic told police he did not drink-drive. He said he had pulled over to go to the nearby Pooleys Village Store to buy alcohol and drunk eight cans of beer before the witness returned.
Voitiukevic, 35, of Slessor Close, Watton, appeared before magistrates on Tuesday and admitted drink-driving.
George Sorrell, for Voitiukevic, said the father-of-two accepts he “drank far too much” and deeply regrets what he did.
Voitiukevic was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was also given a 12-month community order with 120-hours unpaid work, banned from driving for 32 months and ordered to pay £165 costs.