A BOOZY driver drove his Jaguar car in the wrong direction into a petrol station forecourt — then asked a kiosk attendant for more DRINK.

Dennis Gallacher had to be told that the Tesco fuel stop in Port Glasgow doesn't sell booze after he'd staggered up to the counter at 2am.

Gallacher, 55, was seen parking up his Jag to face the wrong way before filling it with petrol and then 'struggling' with a card payment at the pump, Greenock Sheriff Court was told.

Prosecutor Pamela Brady said: "The accused asked for a drink and a sandwich and was advised by the assistant that the filling station did not sell alcohol.

"There was concern that he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

"Police were called and officers found the accused in the driver's seat of the car and the vehicle's engine was running."

Gallacher committed the offence on November 17, just two days after being arrested over a similar matter elsewhere.

The court heard how he provided a positive roadside breath sample at Tesco but failed without reasonable excuse to provide two more at the police office for court purposes.

Fiscal depute Mrs Brady made a motion for the forfeiture of Gallacher's car, telling the court: "There are concerns, because of his refusal, that the court simply does not know the level of alcohol involved.

"His schedule of convictions shows an analogous crime.

"The accused also has a pending analogous matter for an offence in England which is alleged to have occurred two days prior to this one and he is to appear at Gloucester Magistrates Court in January.

"There are concerns that the accused's offences are habitual in nature."

Defence lawyer Gerry Keenan argued that it would be 'disproportionate' take the car away from his client.

Mr Keenan said: "The last time he was in any trouble at all was in 2007. The analogous matter dates back to 1989."

Mr Keenan added: "He is 55 and is a self-employed handyman. His wife is in the legal profession.

"Mr Gallacher has relations here and he was invited to visit, attended at a house and was offered alcohol, which he took.

"He felt he could drive safely to the filling station.

"His refusal at the police office was a fit of pique and he apologises for the manner in which he conducted himself there."

Gallacher, whose address was not given in court, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing without reasonable excuse to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

Sheriff Michael Higgins refused the Crown motion for forfeiture of the car, banned Gallacher from the roads for 12 months and fined him £400.