A drink-driver who was twice the legal limit lost his job the day after he was arrested, a court heard.

Adam Atkinson, 21, of Santon Bridge, Holmrook pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle with alcohol level above the limit.

He appeared at Workington Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The court heard that police saw Atkinson "driving at speed" on the B5345 St Bees Road on September 11.

Officers followed his car and he stopped on the Beach Road car park at St Bees.

He was breathalysed by police and gave a reading of 70mcg in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

A blood sample was later taken which gave a reading of 123mlg. The legal limit is 80mlg.

Atkinson, who was unrepresented, told the court: "It was one of those stupid things. I really shouldn't have been doing it.

"They [police] asked me if I'd had a drink. I said I was probably over the limit.

"I wish I didn't do it. I went to work the next day and lost my job."

Atkinson was fined £120 and must pay £85 costs and a £34 surcharge to fund victim services.

He was banned from driving for 15 months, to be reduced by 15 weeks, if he completes a drink-driver's rehabilitation course.