A COWES man admitted drink driving and possessing of cannabis after he was arrested by police.

Paul Martin Badger, 37, of Arctic Road, pleaded guilty to the two charges when he appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

The court heard how, on April 8, Badger was arrested on Fairlee Road after police were tipped off.

He had an alcohol reading of 132 in his breath, nearly four times the legal limit of 35.

Prosecutor, Giles Fletcher, said: "He was stopped around 11.30pm after he was seen at one of the ferry terminals in a state of drink.

"The aggravating feature of this offence is that it is quite a high reading. The cannabis offence dates back to January, but has been tied in with this charge."

Defending Badger, Henry Farley, said: "I want to stress that there really was no other aggravating feature other than the rather high reading.

"He is someone who really has turned his life around in a meaningful way in the past few years.

"He is a very dedicated family man, and he has not driven since the incident. In fact he has even sold his car.

"Of late he has just been going through a rough patch."

Badger was given a ten-week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months.

He was also disqualified from driving for 33 months.

He was ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a surcharge of £32.