A FATHER was caught more than three times the drink drive limit – with five children in his car.
Stephen Peacock, of Gladys Avenue, Waterlooville, claimed he was still suffering the effects of a ‘rare night out’ when he was breathalysed just before 1pm on June 10.
Peacock, 38, had arranged to drop his two step-children at a service station for a prearranged meeting with their father – who didn’t turn up.
With his own three children also in the car he left the service station but spotted the father slumped, drunk, on a bench.
Peacock lost his temper with the man and police were called.
He was then arrested and found with 115mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35mg.
At Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday District Judge Ann Arnold heard Peacock admit one count of drink-driving.
It was also revealed he was jailed for three months for the same offence in 2002.
A probation officer told the court: ‘Mr Peacock had a very high reading. The evening before he had a rare opportunity to go out for a drink, from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.
‘He estimates he had between four and six pints of Stella Artois which is 5.2 per cent alcohol.
‘He also had three Jagerbombs.
‘The next morning he felt reasonably well, he said had no indication of a hangover.’
She explained it was when he noticed the father on a bench that the problems started.
The officer added: ‘He stopped the car and went over to the male. He was initially concerned, and then angry, as the male was the children’s father who had let them down and was clearly very drunk.
‘He tried to rouse him and verbally abused him.
‘He called him “a waste of space”. The police and ambulance service arrived and Mr Peacock was arrested.’
Peacock has had to quit his job as a fork-lift truck driver.
The officer said it would have taken 24 hours for the cocktail of alcohol to have left his system.
Peacock was given a 12-month community order with a supervision order. He must also pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.
He was banned from driving for three years, which will be reduced to two if he takes a drink-driving awareness course.