A 70 year-old-man was found with a 2p in his mouth after crashing his car into a hedge drink-driving, a court heard.

Roger George Donald Murphy, of Broadway House, Churchstoke, admitted the charge of drink driving at Welshpool Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, said the road traffic collision happened at 7pm on the A490, between Forden and Churchstoke, on January 13.

Police officers found Murphy's car in the hedge and he was inside the vehicle, the court heard. It was noticed that the defendant had a 2p in his mouth, Mr Epsie said.

After being taken to the police station, it was found that Murphy had 56 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The drink drive limit is 35mcgs.

Robert Hanratty, defending, said the other driver involved in the crash had come to a sudden stop as there was a pool of water and that he was travelling at some speed. Mr Hanratty said it was "very unfortunate" as the defendant had not initially planned to drive home.

"Even at 70 he's never been in any amount of trouble in his life, apart from penalty points here and there," he said.

Magistrates banned Murphy from driving for 15 months. He was also fined £500 and told to pay £50 in victim surcharge and £85 in costs. He is able to reduce his driving ban by 15 weeks if he takes a drink drive rehabilitation course.