A Ministry of Defence police officer from RAF Fylingdales discovered a drink-driver who was stranded during the night after crashing his car in a remote spot on the North York Moors.
Michael Thompson, 28, had been drinking in Whitby during a night out - but rather than stay the night with friends he decided to try and drive home to Rotherham, Scarborough Magistrates heard.
Thompson was found to be nearly three times the drink-drive limit after he crashed his car into Ellerbeck Bridge on the A169 Whitby to Pickering road.
The court heard that, following the collision, he couldn’t get a signal on his phone and was stranded.
Mitigating, Nick Tubbs said: “He was in a difficult spot. He tried to push the car on his own, but in the end his only option was to sit and wait for someone to come to his assistance and that is what happened when the MOD officer came along.”
The MOD officer reported that Thompson smelled heavily of drink and the police were called
Thompson, of Saville Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, was banned from driving for 40 months and handed a community order with 12-months supervision and 120 hours of unpaid work.
He must also pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.