An elderly learner driver who crashed his wife's car following a drinking session has been banned from driving.
69-year-old provisional licence holder Eric Stringer took his wife's Rover 75 for a spin without her permission and lost control, colliding with a fence outside a house in South Elmsall, near Pontefract.
He was found to be over the drink-drive limit after the homeowner seized his keys and called the police.
Stringer told police he could not provide a specimen of breath for analysis as he suffered from asthma, and also later refused permission for officers to take a sample of his blood.
Wakefield and Pontefract Magistrates' Court heard how he had driven to a snooker club to settle up an existing bill, when he bumped into friends and then consumed three pints of beer.
The retired miner admitted aggravated vehicle taking, failing to provide a specimen and driving without a licence or insurance.
He was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £300 and ordered pay £85 in costs.
In mitigation, Stringer's representative Emma Covington, said: "His wife has forgiven him for taking the vehicle. He was fearful of her reaction when he got home, but they seem to have patched things up. He has promised her he won't do anything so stupid again and she has accepted that. He has asked me to apologise for his stupid actions," reported the Yorkshire Evening Post.