A BANNED driver who flouted his disqualification by crashing a car after careering onto a pavement whilst nearly FIVE TIMES the legal drink driving limit has been jailed.

Sean McLellan, 25, drove dangerously and lost control of the vehicle as he took a corner ‘at speed’, causing the car to mount the pedestrian walkway and smash into railings.

Greenock Sheriff Court heard how a drunk McLellan was later found to have 105mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath — more than 4.7 times the 22mcg legal threshold.

He had been remanded in custody on the matter last month after being placed on deferred sentence for the preparation of a background report by social workers.

Defence lawyer Edel McGinty said: “Mr McLellan has not enjoyed his time in custody on remand at all and it is not something he wishes to repeat.

“There appears to be a maturity about him as he has had time to think about his behaviour.”

Miss McGinty added: “His time in custody has hammered home to him a message harder than anything else in his life.”

McLellan, of MacGillivary Avenue in Greenock, committed the offences at the town’s Belville Street, near its junction with St Lawrence Street, on January 7.

He was also convicted of driving the green-coloured Honda Civic without insurance.

His not guilty plea to a charge of attempting to defeat justice by leaving the scene of the crash was accepted by the Crown.

Sheriff Derek Hamilton imposed a 200-day prison sentence and banned McLellan from driving for four years.

The sheriff told him: “These are serious charges, and what makes this difficult is that this is not the first time that you have driven whilst disqualified.

“You did it in 2016 and you were given a community payback order.”

Sheriff Hamilton, pictured inset, added: “On this occasion, you not only drove whilst disqualified but you were also five times the legal alcohol limit.

“All of that makes this extremely serious, given the opportunity given to you in the past which was not taken.”