A 42-year-old motorist was jailed for four months yesterday after driving the short distance home from the pub while almost six times the drink-drive limit.
Garry Knight was pulled over by police after customers at The Bear in Alcester, Warwickshire, reported him to officers when he failed to heed their warnings not to get behind the wheel.
Knight, who lives within walking distance of the pub, was almost home when he was stopped in his red MG ZR sportscar in Springfield Road at around 10pm on June 15 and arrested.
He was taken to Leamington Spa police station where tests found he had an alcohol level of 201 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 35 micro-grams, making him 5.74 times the amount allowed. This is thought to equate to around 14 pints.
Knight pleaded guilty to the offence at a previous hearing and appeared before magistrates in Leamington Spa yesterday where he was sentenced for driving with excess alcohol.
Chair of the bench Howard Hill told Knight, who had recently split from his wife and been made redundant from his job as a production controller, he had been a danger on the roads that night.
Mr Hill said: "The reading is exceptional. It's an enormous reading.
"We've heard that others tried to dissuade you from driving and yet you intentionally drove home.
"If you had hit any other car or people, I doubt if you would have realised.
"We believe this offence is so serious that only custody is justified."
Knight, who was described by his defence solicitor, John Onions, as "a troubled man", was also disqualified from driving for three years.
Mr Onions said that, although his client had driven to the pub that night, he had not intended to drive home.
He had been heading to the car to get his mobile phone before walking home, when he was approached by customers who believed he was going to drive and tried to stop him.
Mr Onions said Knight had got in the car and driven out of fear for his personal safety.
The lawyer said his client, who has no previous convictions for similar crimes, was ashamed by his foolish actions and would not be committing the same offence again.
Knight was caught during the month-long summer drink-driving campaign run by Warwickshire Police which coincided with the World Cup.
Figures released recently by the force show that almost seven per cent of people stopped between June 5 and July 5 gave positive tests.