A drink driver who lost control of a car after blowing out a tyre has never had a full licence.

Glen Preston, aged 34, appeared before Truro magistrates on Monday, pleading guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance or a licence.

Prosecutor Alison May said that police had received a tip-off that the defendant was over the limit on May 16.

Officers headed towards Angarrack and found a destroyed tyre in the road.

Further along the road side they found Preston on a mobile phone and his eyes were glazed, so they conducted a breath test.

He had 71mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Officers found the car, a Vauxhall Astra, in the road near Connor Downs and photographs displayed in court showed the extent of the damage to the wheel and a jack alongside it, where Preston had attempted to change the wheel.

He said in police interview that he had swerved to avoid an oncoming car and had hit the kerb, causing the blow-out.

Despite never having a full licence, he had committed a series of driving offences in the past, including driving whilst disqualified and dangerous driving. He last committed an offence in 2014.

Defending himself, Preston, of Nanpusker Close, Hayle, said he was "really sorry" that he'd been stupid and that it wouldn't happen again.

Magistrates disqualified him for 20 months and fined him £220. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £30 victim surcharge.