A SELF-EMPLOYED carpenter walked from Woolacombe to Georgeham after having drinks with friends – but then drove back to look for the wallet he lost en route.
Timothy Creasey, of Rock Hill, admitted drink-driving when he appeared at North Devon Magistrates' Court on Friday morning.
Sonia Croft, for the prosecution, told the court how Creasey, 39, went out for drinks to celebrate the birth of his friend's son on July 14.
When his friend left early Creasey was unable to find a taxi home and was forced to walk.
But once he arrived home he realised he had lost his wallet and decided to drive back to Woolacombe to search for it.
Tony Dart, for the defence, explained how he drove at around 10mph and swerved around to direct his headlights into the hedgerows while he looked for his wallet.
It was while searching in this manner Creasey was spotted by police and stopped.
He was breathalysed and found to have a breath alcohol level of 70 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35.
Mr Dart said: "The irony is, one of his friends had found his wallet and had been trying to call him to say he had it."
Mr Dart said Creasey had no previous convictions and how he had been "kicking himself for being so stupid".
"People make daft decisions when they drink," he said.
Presiding magistrate Martyn Steer-Fowler disqualified Creasey from driving for 17 months, fined him £400 and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £40 and £85 costs.