A motorist was almost six times the drink-drive limit when he crashed into a parked vehicle in Dundee.
And a quick-thinking member of the public grabbed the keys from the ingnition of Ireneusz Zielinski’s car before he could cause any more mayhem.
Zielinski, of Main Street, admitted at the city’s sheriff court that he drove through various streets in the Hilltown area on October 16 with excess alcohol (128 mics).
The streets involved in the incident were Dura Street, Dens Road, Alexander Street and North William Street, the court was told.
Fiscal depute Isma Mukhtar told the court that Zielinski was seen driving erratically before coming to a halt when he struck a parked vehicle at the side of the road.
She said a member of the public saw the incident, and snatched the keys out of his car’s ignition before he could drive off.
Police arrived at the scene a short time later, and when officers approached Zielinski, they quickly realised he had only a basic understanding of English.
The court heard officers then spoke to him and noticed a strong smell of alcohol.
They also saw that he was unsteady on his feet.
The 65-year-old was breathalysed by the officers and gave a positive test. He was arrested and was then taken to Police Scotland’s HQ in Bell Street.
A second breathalyser test was carried out and the reading was 128 mics — the legal limit is 22 mics.
Zielinski’s solicitor David Sinclair told the court: “He has no previous history of offending.”
Sheriff Lorna Drummond gave Zielinski a community payback order, which included an unpaid work requirement.
The sheriff told Zielinski: “This was a very high reading.
“I take into account your early plea and what has been said.”
The sheriff added: “I am going to place you on a community payback order with 160 hours of unpaid work.”
The sheriff also disqualified Zielinski from driving for 22 months.