A Pembroke pensioner’s ‘act of extreme stupidity’ while helping a friend has cost him his driving licence.

Terry John Edmonds, of Kingsbridge, represented himself when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday, and pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Sian Vaughan, prosecuting, told the court that police officers stopped Edmonds’ Volvo XC90 in Pembroke Dock on March 11, after noticing it pull out of a pub car park.

Edmonds, 71, who was of previous clean character, was found to have 61mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35mg.

Edmonds said: “It was an act of extreme stupidity, I was trying to do a friend a favour. He had fallen over and asked me to take him home. I would normally get a taxi.”

Magistrates fined Edmonds £120 and banned him from driving for 17 months. He was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.

The chairman of the bench said: “You realise how stupid it was and I’m sure you will not be doing it again.”