The mechanic informed Leicester Magistrates’ Court that his excessively long working hours and problems at home had got the better of him.
The incident took place at 11.05am on Monday 2 September.
A resident of Peatling Road, Countesthorpe reportedly heard Smith’s Renault crash into her neighbour’s garden.
Prosecutor Sukhy Basi said: “The woman heard a loud bang and looked outside and saw a silver Renault outside in her neighbour’s front garden.
“She saw a man trapped in the driver’s seat and watched him climb to the passenger side and get out.
“He passed his contact details to her and walked off.”
When Leicestershire Police officers arrived at the scene, the resident pointed out the direction Smith had walked off in and they caught up with him, at which point he was breathalysed and placed under arrest.
At the police station he was found to have 59 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath: the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
During the magistrates’ hearing Smith, who defended himself in court, pleaded guilty to drink driving, saying: “It was down to stupidity.
“I’ve got a lot of hardship at home.
70-hour working week
“My wife is very poorly and my son, too.
“The pressure of it all got to me.
“I’m doing in excess of 70 hours a week and it got to me.”
Smith had two previous convictions for drink driving, which occurred more than 10 years ago.
Smith continued: “I have kept my nose clean for a long time and I’ve been working hard and this won’t happen again.”
The magistrates banned Smith from driving for 15 months and fined him £307, as well as ordering him to pay a £32 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.
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