A BERKELEY driver more than twice the legal drink-drive limit when he crashed tried to flee the scene - then later admitted to police he had blackouts after drinking and could remember nothing of the incident.

Michael Davis, 35, of Old Mill House, Old Bristol Road, Woodford, pleaded guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates court last Friday to driving with excess alcohol on the A38 Bristol Road on November 2.

Davis had 80 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35 micrograms.

Prosecutor Rebecca Sutherland said: “The defendant, his partner and their two children had been at The Legion in Slimbridge and were returning home in his Ford Mondeo when he crashed into the back of a Volvo, containing a man, his wife and child.

“The defendant lost control of his car, clipped the kerb and stopped 200 yards down the road.”

The court heard that the two drivers spoke to each other but the defendant then ran back to his car and tried to drive off.

“But due to the accident although he could rev the car’s engine it would not move,” said the lawyer.

When the police arrived Davis again tried to leave the scene but officers followed him and when they smelt alcohol he was breathalysed and arrested, the court was told.

Davis had a previous drink-drive conviction dating back to 2014.

Probation spokeswoman Ashleigh Joy said: “He was extremely remorseful in interview and accepts that he has an alcohol problem.”

Davis said: “I am very sorry. I know that I must stop drinking. This will not happen again.”

Magistrates banned him from driving for 46 months, imposed a 12-month community order, fined him £200 and ordered him to pay £85 prosecution costs.