A driver seen swerving down Maid Marian Way has been banned from the roads for a year.
Virgilio Frais-Garcia failed a breath test which found 59 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, magistrates in Nottingham were told.
He admitted driving with 24 micrograms above the legal level on January 27. Frais-Garcia, 48, of Hendon Rise, Nottingham was fined £120 with costs of £115.
The court was told that his BMW car drew the attention of police officers who were on duty at around 2.05am. When they spoke to him, he “smelt of intoxicating liquor,” said Joanne Gough, prosecuting.
Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, he said that he had been out in Nottingham celebrating when a friend was hit by someone on the street.
“I was shocked and when the police came, I was in total panic and wanted to go as quickly as possible because I felt a danger.
“It is something I have never done before in my life,” he added.
Kate Macmillan, mitigating, said that he has a partner and three children. He is currently out-of-work and seeking universal credit.
“He had hoped to obtain work in a factory in Castle Donington,” added Mrs Macmillan.