Jamie Traynor, 27, of Dennistoun, Glasgow, has been banned from driving for a year and fined £600 for calling the police to tell them he had run out of petrol and that he was drunk.
Police officers have described it as an 'unusual case' and told a court yesterday how Taylor had telephoned 999 during the early hours of the morning to inform them that the car he was driving had run out of petrol.
"He gave its location. He also added during the call that he was drunk. A police officer was sent out to investigate and he found the car with Mr Traynor inside it," Stuart Richardson, prosecuting, told Perth Sheriff Court yesterday.
Mr Richardson added: "He had indeed run out of petrol. Perhaps not surprisingly, the police asked why on Earth he had done this, and he replied that he had various personal issues he was trying to deal with. He said everything had got on top of him.
"He normally works as a scaffolder and at the time he had been working in the Inverness area."
Taylor admitted to the drink-driving charges but his defence argued that personal issues were the reason behind his uncharacteristic behaviour.
"He lost his employment as a result of this offence and has now applied for benefits. He appreciates the consequences of him appearing before the court."
The court heard that Traynor had sought professional help for his problems, which included dealing with a number of debts.
Sheriff Lindsay Foulis banned him from driving for a year and fined him £600, STV reported.