AN Alexandria man caught driving at more than four times the legal drink limit has been banned from the roads for three years.

William McAllister, 38, previously pleaded guilty to the March 30 offence and returned to Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Friday to be sentenced.

The court was told police responded to two anonymous reports and found the vehicle parked outside McAllister’s home in Cables Drive, Bonhill, with significant damage. It was just after 1pm.

He had 91mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the limit is 22mg.

Defence solicitor Gail Campbell said her client had, at the time of the offence, hit “rock bottom” and was dealing with a significant alcohol problem.

He has been trying to tackle the problem since the offence but Ms Campbell said he accepted he had to be punished.

She added: “Age 38, this would appear to be his final chance to deal with a very serious problem. His family are fully aware of his failings. They have to suffer the effects of his addiction.”

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry told McAllister: “This is an anxious case for me, for you, for your family. You have created all of this situation. The risk is you don’t deal with your problem and continue to present a risk to yourself and people around you.”

He put McAllister on a community payback order with supervision by social workers for two years, including alcohol counselling and treatment. He must also carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the community and be under a curfew for four months, from 7pm to 7am.

McAllister was banned from driving for three years.

Sheriff Hendry added that, with two similar convictions, prison would be likely for McAllister if he added any more driving offences.