A DRINK driver told police that he had drank a bottle of vodka before getting behind the wheel, magistrates heard.

David Bailie, 44, had been working in the area when he crashed into a parked trailer on the B4521 near Kilreeg Farm.

Bailie, of Birchwood Avenue, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to drink driving at Hereford Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Amy Davies, prosecuting, said that police were called on May 24, to reports that a blue Ford Transit Minibus had hit a parked up trailer.

"His driving at the time seemed to be erratic and there was concern that he was under the influence of either drink or drugs," said Ms Davies.

"He was located by police and was seen driving the vehicle. Whilst being transported to custody he made the comment that he had drank a bottle of vodka."

Bailie gave a test reading of 105 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit is 35.

Rachel Bentley, mitigating, said that Bailie was working on a farm nearby to where he was stopped.

She said: "He has his own business with his brother vaccinating poultry and towards the end of the day he had a drink as he thought he colleague was going to drive. His colleague became ill and he made the stupid and reckless decision to drive them all back.

"It's a national business and he spends significant time travelling all over the UK."

Magistrates disqualified Bailie from driving for 24 months which could be reduced by six months on the completion of a drink driver rehabilitation course.

He was also ordered to pay a £500 fine, £135 costs and £50 victim surcharge.