A DRINK driver, who has been banned for more than two years, admitted he 'made a really stupid decision.'

Christopher Newham, 29, of Medina Park, East Cowes, admitted one count of drink driving when he appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on August 27.

The court heard he had left a party at Tapnell Farm, in the early hours of August 11, after receiving a text from a girl he wanted to meet — then realised he should not have been driving and pulled over nearby, at Newport Road, Freshwater.

Ann Smout, prosecuting, said: "Shortly before 3am, officers saw a car leave the road and pull up beside a hedge.

"When officers approached the car, the man inside told them he had been really silly, that he had been at a party and he was drunk.

"To Mr Newham's credit, he was fully co-operative and honest with the police."

Newham gave a breath alcohol reading of 108. The legal limit is 35.

Newham, who represented himself, said: "I just made a really stupid decision.

"I got a message from a girl and I thought I would go out and see her.

"But, as I was driving, I realised what I was doing and started to panic, so I decided to take myself off the road and wait until the morning.

"I know I could have hurt someone, and for that I truly am very sorry."

Newham was disqualified from driving for 25 months.

He was ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £90 surcharge.

Presiding magistrate Jane Chown said: "This could have been far worse than it was."

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