A PENSIONER who hit a No Entry sign as he drove the wrong way down a one-way street to get to his St Eval home has admitted a drink-driving charge.
It was 68-year-old John Geraghty's third drink-related driving conviction, Bodmin magistrates were told.
Geraghty, of Liberator Row, had denied driving with excess alcohol in his breath but changed his plea on Friday, the day set for his trial.
Will Rose, for the prosecution, said Geraghty was arrested at home on November 1 after a neighbour reported the accident to police.
Geraghty, identified as the driver of the Peugeot 306 involved, had 71 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35mcg.
In interview Geraghty was candid, said Mr Rose, telling police he had drunk four cans of beer and four of cider between 10am and 2pm before driving to take his dogs for a walk. He then drove back, hitting the sign and arguing with a neighbour as he parked at the back of his property, and then drank a further eight cans at home.
The court was told Geraghty had a previous conviction for failing to provide a specimen in 1999 and a drink-drive offence from 2001, for which he was banned for four years.
Paul Burley, for the defence, said Geraghty had always accepted he had drunk alcohol both before and after driving and initially pleaded not guilty so an attempt could be made to assess the impact on his reading of the alcohol consumed after driving. It was common on the estate to go down the one-way street the wrong way, as it made it much quicker to reach the properties there. None of the previous drink-driving convictions had occurred within the past ten years, he said, urging the bench to minimise any ban due to the poor health of his wife, for whom he undertook daily care duties.
Geraghty was fined £180 with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge and banned from driving for 20 months. He was not offered a drink-driver rehabilitation course as he had been offered it before.