A PROFESSIONAL dancer was intoxicated on booze or drugs as he tore through Greenock in his car whilst in town to rehearse for a Christmas show.

Sean Reilly drove at excessive speed, repeatedly mounted kerbs, wandered between lanes and abruptly tried to overtake in an erratic manner on various streets on Monday.

Reilly, 29 — who has two previous drink-driving convictions — committed the offence just hours after he had been due to appear in court on another alcohol-related motoring matter.

That case couldn't be called because he took unwell.

But he later got behind the wheel of his black Audi A3 and committed the series of further offences, including failing without reasonable excuse to give a blood sample.

Greenock Sheriff Court heard that he had been on bail regarding the two other other matters, which he committed on October 11 and October 28.

He is today behind bars after being remanded in custody over his latest offences, which took place on Greenock Road, Port Glasgow Road, East Hamilton Street and elsewhere.

Defence lawyer Mark Dunbar said: "The other matters had to be further deferred until December 9 because when they called at Glasgow he took unwell in court.

"There is a difficulty with alcohol here.

"He is a professional dancer and attended here in Greenock for a rehearsal for the festive period."

Sheriff Sukwhinder Gill said: "So he was unwell at court yesterday, and then got into a car and drove and did what he did?"

Solicitor Mr Dunbar replied: "That's right."

Sheriff Gill deferred sentence on Reilly for a background report and an electronic tagging assessment.

She told him: "I see that you have two previous drink-driving convictions, and you were due to appear at Glasgow yesterday for careless driving, drink-driving and assault to injury.

"You were unwell at court and at some stage you got into your car and drove dangerously whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

"I take all of this into account and bail is refused.

"I will also continue consideration of forfeiture of the vehicle."

Reilly, whose address was not given in court, is due to appear at Greenock again on the matters on December 18.