An Isle of Wight drink driver has been disqualified after he crashed his car through a fence and into a tree last December.

Milo Pulleine, of Bleakdown, Godshill, pleaded guilty to drink driving at the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court on Friday, April 5.

Lauren Stone, prosecuting, said police were alerted to reports of a crash on Blackwater Hollow near Rookley at 2.30am on December 3.

Ms Stone told the court a Ford Fiesta, being driven by Pulleine, had left the road and smashed through a fence before crashing into a tree.

Police said the 23-year-old was wide-eyed and struggling to engage with officers upon their arrival, but admitted he had been drinking that night, the court heard.

A roadside alcohol test confirmed Pulleine was over the limit, and a further blood test at Newport Police Station showed he had 126mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, exceeding the limit of 80.

Ms Stone said Pulleine told police he had felt the car go out from beneath him – believing he hit black ice.

Michael McGoldrick, defending, said his client parked on the outskirts of Newport, intending to leave his car there overnight, but lost track of time and missed the last bus back home.

Pulleine had paid the owners in full for the damage caused to their fence.

Magistrates described Pulleine's actions as “very foolish,” disqualifying him from driving for 14 months and ordering him to pay a £325 fine, a £130 surcharge and £85 costs.