A CLACKS man who drunkenly crashed his car into a neighbour's fence in Sauchie did not hold a full driving licence, a court has heard.

It was the second drink-driving offence committed by Edmunds Lazarevs, of Gartmorn Road.

He appeared alongside a Russian translator in the dock at Alloa Sheriff Court last Thursday, Oct 21, having admitted a series of offences.

On August 26, at Falkirk police station, he failed to provide breath samples.

He also drove in Gartmorn Road carelessly, causing the car to collide with a fence, drove without insurance and failed to tell police the identity of the driver.

The 30-year-old also drove unaccompanied when the holder of a provisional licence and without 'L' plates.

Depute fiscal Rachel Wallace said at 12.50am a resident in Gartmorn Road heard the noise of car's engine revving outside his home.

He looked out and saw Lazarevs in a car which had struck his garden fence, damaging it.

The man went outside and saw the car had a punctured tyre but Lazarevs was trying to reverse away.

He could see Lazarevs appeared to be drunk and he phoned the police.

When officers arrived, they found the accused still in the driver's seat and it was clear he was in an unfit state.

He was arrested and taken to Falkirk police station where he then refused to provide to give breath samples.

It also emerged Lazarevs only held a provisional licence and had no insurance.

In court last week, Lazarevs, speaking through his interpreter, said: "I'm sincerely sorry about what happened. It's my fault."

He also gave the letter stating his position regarding the offence.

He added: "I need to work, to look after my sister and to pay bills so I would be grateful if any alternative to custody can be imposed."

Sheriff Neil Bowie warned Lazarevs he had come close to a jail sentence.

However, he instead imposed a community payback order with 140 hours of unpaid work and one year of supervision.

He also ordered Lazarevs to pay £100 compensation for the fence and banned him from driving for 40 months.