A MAN drove a car dangerously through Inverclyde whilst drunk with three children hanging out of a window as he reached speeds of up to 70mph, it is alleged.

Alan Paul, 49, is accused of being more than five-and-a-half times the booze limit during the alleged serious road traffic incident between Cloch Road in Gourock and the town of Clydebank.

Prosecutors say he allowed two boys, aged 10 and 13, and an eight-year-old girl to hang out of a window whilst they were 'unrestrained' within his Toyota C-Hr Icon vehicle.

Paul is accused of repeatedly driving on the opposing carriageway and failing to maintain proper lane discipline.

The Crown claims that he committed the offences at Cloch Road, on Eldon Street in Greenock, in Port Glasgow, on the A8 between Inverclyde and Bishopton, the M8, Erskine Bridge, the A82, Milngavie and Clydebank.

He is said to have had had 125 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath following his arrest on July 13 last year.

The legal limit is 22mcg.

An indictment charge against him alleges that he did 'allow all [of the children] to hang out of the window while travelling at up to 70mph whilst under the influence of alcohol'.

The distance between Cloch Road in Gourock and Glasgow Road in Clydebank is 22 miles.

Paul, whose address was not given in court, has pleaded not guilty to drink-driving and dangerous driving charges at Greenock Sheriff Court.

The case is due to call again on August 9.