Magistrates have sent a Fishguard man to prison after he was caught drink-driving just weeks after being banned by the same court.

Barry Daniel Sullivan, 26, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, while disqualified and without valid insurance when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday.

The court heard that a driver feared that Sullivan was going to crash into her on a narrow road near Goodwick, as she heard his car revving when it approached on September 3.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, said: “She was concerned enough to pull onto the verge and stop.

"She says the vehicle came round the bend and the driver panicked, slammed on his brakes, which caused his vehicle to lose control and turn through 90 degrees.”

Sullivan’s vehicle skidded down the road, hid the hedge and then straightened up, stopping close to the other car.

Mr Pritchard-Jones said: “She says she was absolutely terrified, and feared that the vehicle was going to hit her.

“The driver beeped his horn in an angry manner and sped off.”

Police traced Sullivan 45 minutes later and he was found to have 68mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35mg.

The court heard that Sullivan had previous convictions for drink-driving, and had been disqualified from driving on August 22.

Jonathan Webb, defending, told the bench that Sullivan worked up to 60 hours a week on a Goodwick dairy farm and had been cycling to work to milk following his driving ban.

He added that his partner was learning to drive, and he had decided to take her car to her from where it had been parked off the road at the farm.

“For some inexplicable reason, perhaps with the logic of a drunk person, he decides to help his girl-friend out by taking her car home.

“That is stupid beyond belief. That is not the sort of person he is.”

Magistrates sentenced him to 12 weeks in prison and banned him from driving for 36 months after his release.

He was also ordered to pay £200 in costs and charges.

The chairman of the bench said: “The offence is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified.”