A DRINK-DRIVER who was more than three and a half times the limit on a supermarket car park has been given a suspended jail term.

David Carling, 53, was driving a Suzuki Vitara on Morrisons car park in Whitehaven on August 18. He had 124 mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit to drive is 35mcg.

Carling, of Pendle Drive, Whitehaven, admitted driving with alcohol level above the limit when he appeared at Workington Magistrates’ Court.

Passing sentence, magistrates said the custodial sentence was being suspended due to the prospect of rehabilitation and the impact upon the defendant’s employment, children and personal health.

Carling was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was banned from driving for 30 months.

The defendant must also complete a three-month alcohol treatment programme with Recovery Steps and complete 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £154 surcharge to fund victim services.