A JOBLESS Isle of Wight man who admitted drink-driving on the day of his trial last month, was banned from driving for three years.

Mark Derek Alston, who had already admitted to possessing cannabis and driving his elderly mother's car without a licence and insurance, in St John's Road, Ryde, on the afternoon of September 6 last year, had initially denied drink driving.

He made the denial on the grounds he drank alcohol after the police turned up at his mother's address in The Mall, Brading, where Alston also lives.

An eyewitness had seen Alston driving in Ryde and told the police he appeared to be affected by drink, said Ann Smout, prosecuting, at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court.

Alston, 52, then admitted on the day of his trial, on March 18, he drank-drove.

He gave the police a roadside breath reading of 71 microgrammes, then 52 at Ryde Police Station. The legal limit is 35.

Alston, his mother's sole carer, said the cannabis found at the address was for his personal use and had cost him £40.

Alston, who has a drug-drive conviction from 2017 to his name, suffers a long term illness, as well as depression and anxiety.

"It had not been a good day for him. The pressure and stress had been building up," said Oscar Vincent, for Alston.

"His elderly mother — with a variety of health issues of her own — had, just before the offences, suffered a fall, which rendered her immobile.

"With the concern she may have to go into care, this caused his anxiety and stress to sky rocket.

"Her care demands had already made him physically and mentally exhausted, so to try to get his stress levels down, he went to the shop to get cider — and drank.

"To his credit, there has been no further offending since September last year."

Together with his disqualification, Alston was fined £280, with £100 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.