A SON on bail for drink driving took his father’s car keys from his pocket and drove his car without insurance, York magistrates heard.

Kathryn Reeves, prosecuting, said Dean Richard Edwards, 26, was drinking from a can of cider when he knocked on his father’s door shortly after midnight on July 5 at the end of his illegal journey.

At the time, he was awaiting trial for drink driving at more than twice the legal limit on December 4.

Edwards, of Rowntree Avenue, Clifton, pleaded guilty to the drink driving charge on the day of his trial and taking his father’s car without the owner’s consent and driving it without insurance.

He was banned from driving for 22 months and ordered to do 100 hours’ unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £125 prosecution costs and a £60 statutory surcharge.

His solicitor Liam Hassan said he had not caused any damage when he took his father’s car and had only taken it for a short period. He lived on benefits.

Edwards told a probation officer his family were willing to let him back into their home.

He didn’t have a problem with alcohol though he had had in the past.

Ms Reeves said Edwards gave a reading of 81 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath on December 4. The legal limit is 35.