A TEACHER who was more than twice over the alcohol limit had no recollection of driving his BMW on to the middle of a roundabout.

Ryan Hughes at first lied to police at Blackpool claiming he was a passenger in the car.

Hughes, aged 32, of Holden Mill, Blackburn Road, Bolton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 20 months, fined £735 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £73 victim’s surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said on March 10 at 2.35am a male witness saw a BMW in the middle of a roundabout in Cropper Road. Hughes was standing beside a lamppost at the side of the road.

Police were alerted and saw Hughes walking towards Peel Corner. Initially Hughes said he had been a passenger in the BMW.

He then confessed he had been the driver and said that he had drunk one can of lager after the accident.

A breath test showed 83 micrograms of alcohol in his body — 35 is the limit.

Simon Gretton, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had been in teaching for 10 years.

He was in Blackpool for the night as a former colleague was celebrating a birthday. During the evening that colleague had a fallout with another person. A row soured the evening and Hughes went back to his hotel.

Mr Gretton added: “The last thing he can remember was going to bed. For some inexplicable reason he got into his car and drove approximately a mile. He came to a halt on the roundabout.”

Hughes had been so concerned about his behaviour that night he had seen his GP who had referred him to a neurologist for tests.