A drink-driver, who was more than three times the limit, struggled to stand when officers stopped his car, a court has heard.

Jaroslaw Bardzinski, of Cartlett, Haverfordwest, pleaded guilty to driving while over the legal alcohol limit when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday, October 2.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, told the court that Bardzinski, 33, could barely stand after police stopped his Skoda Fabia at Jockey Fields, Haverfordwest, on September 15.

He said: “The high level of alcohol is obviously an aggravating factor, and it clearly did have an effect on him.

“The officer says he was so unsteady on his feet that he started to fall backwards and the officer had to stop him falling to the floor.”

Bardzinski was found to have 108mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, more than three times the legal limit of 35mg.

Mike Kelleher, defending, said Bardzinski would be able to continue working full-time at his current job on a dairy farm without a driving licence.

The court heard that he had been drinking at a friend’s house after finishing work on the day in question, but did not feel that he was over the drink-drive limit, and was surprised when police pulled him over.

Magistrates imposed a community order with 80 hours of unpaid work and banned him from driving for 26 months. He was ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 surcharge.

The chairman of the bench said: “To be three times over the limit is a very serious offence.”