A DRINK driver who crashed his car and fled on foot was banned from driving and ordered to pay out more than £500 in fines and costs.

Adam Christopher Parker, of Queen Katherine Street, Kendal, pleaded guilty to driving over the legal alcohol limit and failing to stop after a road accident when he appeared at South Lakeland Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard the 21-year-old got behind the wheel after a five-and-a-half hour session of drinking pints and shots in Kendal on June 8.

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Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said Parker crashed his Volkswagen Golf into and damaged a mobile traffic sign at Plumgarths, Kendal, at about 5am, before abandoning the car to run down Windermere Road to find his friend.

Ms Hine added that police found Parker with a friend where he identified himself as the driver and admitted: “I’ve messed up.”

A roadside breath test found he had 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

In mitigation, David Mainwaring said Parker, who has been driving for two-and-a-half years, bitterly regretted his actions and he could not explain why he did it.

Parker was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £250 for driving over the limit.

He was also ordered to pay a £150 fine for failing to stop, £85 court costs and a £25 victim surcharge.