Pub landlord Michael Spragg has been caught drink-driving on the A500.
The 28-year-old, who operates the New Finney Gardens, in Bucknall, was stopped by police as he drove his Jeep on March 3.
Officers could smell alcohol and he later gave a reading of 71 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath – more than twice the legal limit of 35.
Now Spragg has been banned from the roads for 18 months and hit with a £795 court bill at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
Police were on duty in Etruria Road, Hanley, when they saw the Jeep being driven towards the D-road.
Prosecutor Sue Hayers said: “Initially there was some concern about the speed of the vehicle. They followed and stopped it. They could smell alcohol. He told police he had drunk three to four pints of Carling.”
Spragg, who lives at the Bucknall Road pub, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. He employs his mum and sister at the boozer.
Kate Preston, mitigating, said the defendant’s long-term relationship had ended the previous day and he had a very difficult shift at the pub.
Miss Preston said: “He made a very difficult out-of-character decision to have three or four pints of Carling. He miscalculated how that would affect him.
“He was fully co-operative at the roadside and the police station. He has made a mistake. He has lost his good character.”
Magistrates fined Spragg £600 and ordered him to pay £135 costs and a £60 surcharge.