A drink-driver ran away from his car after he was reported by a fast-food worker, a court has heard.

Josh Brown, of Park Street, Pembroke Dock, pleaded guilty to driving while over the legal alcohol limit when he appeared at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Tuesday, May 7.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, told the bench that police received a call from a member of staff at McDonalds, Haverfordwest, stating that Brown appeared to be drunk while going through the drive-through at 4.30am on April 22.

Police officers found Brown’s Vauxhall Corsa parked in a bay, and were told that he had run off.

Mr Pritchard-Jones said: “They searched for him, but he came back of his own accord about 20 minutes later and admitted he was the driver.”

Brown was found to have 44mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35mg.

Mark Layton, defending, said Brown, 19, a part-time retail worker, was previously of clean character.

“He had been out earlier. He had a few drinks, and then left it a few hours, thinking that the alcohol would have cleared from his system, but it had not.”

Magistrates fined Brown £80 and banned him from driving for 12 months.

He was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.