POLICE nearly smashed through the window of a drink driver who was almost three times the limit after he appeared to ignore pleas to stop his car, a court heard.

Malcolm Edward Jones landed himself in the dock at South Cumbria Magistrates' Court after he was charged with drink driving in Barrow.

The 68-year-old admitted that he committed the offence in his Mini Cooper on September 1.

Magistrates heard the defendant had 102 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than the legal limit of 35.

The court heard the defendant had been seen driving especially slowly on Oxford Street before turning on to Ainslie Street.

A police officer followed him onto Settle Street but he continued the drive.

The court was told the officer came close to 'smashing' the driver's window with a baton to tell Jones to stop. 'but this was unnecessary as he stopped shortly after'.

Jones, a self-employed designer who lives in Harrogate Street, was represented in court by Liz Phizacklea. She said he acknowledged he 'put people in danger, including himself' in the incident.

Jones was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for 40 months.