A MAN has been banned from driving after volunteering to give a lift to friends who got drunk at a church festive party.

Laurance Santa Maria stepped in when his party of friends "clearly imbibed considerable amounts" during the church event and took them home.

But he was driving in a hesitant manner and when the police pulled him over they found he was also under the influence of alcohol.

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Santa Maria, 40, of Blairgowrie, admitted driving with excess alcohol on December 28 last year.

At Perth Sheriff Court, he was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £360 by Sheriff Fiona Tait.

Solicitor Mike Tavendale, defending, said: "He felt fit and well enough to drive but clearly that was a misconception on his part. .

"He is in full-time employment. He requires his licence and has been told he will lose his employment because of the disqualification."