A pensioner who had too much to drink and crashed his car into a 12-foot-deep ditch has been banned from driving for 20 months.

65-year-old Andrew Hawthorn's car became wedged between a block of flats and an embankment in Buckfastleigh, after he drove through a wooden fence.

Firemen had to cut him free as he dangled inside his car.

Hawthorn was later breathalysed and officers found he was double the legal limit.

The court has banned the 65-year-old from driving for 20 months and fined him £350 with £120 costs.

The court has banned the 65-year-old from driving for 20 months Credit: Nick Irving

I have nothing to say because I cannot remember anything about it. I remember being at the hospital onwards. I have no lasting injuries. I will probably never drive again.

Andrew Hawthorn