A PILTON man with hopes of joining the RAF has been found guilty of drink-driving.
James Gilbert, 21, was pulled over by police officers who saw him driving erratically in Hollowtree Road in Barnstaple on July 21.
When stopped he admitted drinking four cans of cider and blew a reading of 59 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath on a breathalyser. The limit is 35.
Gilbert, of Northfield Lane, pleaded guilty to the offence at North Devon Magistrates' Court on Friday.
David Rowe, for the defence, said Gilbert had recently applied for an apprenticeship with South West Highways.
"He was accepted for interview," he said, "but lost that chance when this happened.
"He was also thinking about joining the RAF, but again this will hinder his plans."
He said Gilbert, currently a warehouse worker, had been at a friend's house on the night he was caught drink-driving.
"Over a considerable time period he had four cans of cider and then went to sleep," he said. "When he woke up he though it was much later than it was and decided to drive home. He's extremely sorry about this offence which will affect his future."
Presiding magistrate Martyn Steer-Fowler told Gilbert his offence was serious as he banned him from driving for 16 months.
He also ordered him to pay a £250 fine, £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.