A SUSPECTED drink-driver admitted in court to smashing his car into a garden wall and causing the vehicle to overturn — and was then arrested for other matters when he left the dock.

Ross Jardine lost control of his Honda CR-V at a corner on Greenock's Inverkip Road at 1am and ploughed into the wall and fence of a residential property.

Police arrived to find the vehicle on its side with Jardine, 31, trying to clamber up and out through the front passenger window.

He was found in unlawful possession of a knife and later refused to provide samples of his breath to officers.

A sheriff adjourned to consider the case after Jardine pleaded guilty to careless driving, having the blade and failing without excuse to do breathalyser tests.

But during the intervening period police apprehended him regarding two other criminal matters.

Prosecutor Dana Barclay had earlier told Greenock Sheriff Court that a member of the public had seen the car being driven 'at speed' before taking the corner too quickly.

Miss Barclay said: "The vehicle collided with a wall and had rolled. There was substantial damage to the wall and a fence.

"Police observed the vehicle on its side at the driver's side.

"The accused appeared from the window of the passenger door side and officers assisted him out of the car.

"The accused stated, 'I've done this, it's my fault'."

Jardine, previously of Kelly Street but now living in Largs, had a Stanley knife concealed within the pocket of a jacket he was wearing.

The offences were committed in the early hours of December 5 last year.

Defence lawyer Aidan Gallagher told the court that his client had been drinking during the previous afternoon but had stopped.

Mr Gallagher said: "He tells me he had wine and beer earlier in the day between 11am and 3pm.

"The wine would have been stronger than normal table wine, if I can put it that way."

Sheriff Joseph Hughes deferred sentence until November 11 for a background report and an assessment of the cost of the damage to the wall.