Driver Kristian Guy steered into bother on a one-way street after taking directions from a friend, a court heard last week.
A police officer spotted the car going the wrong way and flagged down Guy of Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay.
He was ordered to give a breath test after the officer noted “his speech was slurred, he smelt of alcohol and his eyes were reddened,” said Lee Shepherd, prosecuting, at Derby Magistrates’ Court.
A two-year driving ban was imposed on Guy, 20, who admitted drink-driving on May 18.
The B-test reading was 78, more than twice the legal limit, when he was stopped on Park Street, Ripley, at 10.30pm.
District Judge Caroline Goulborn ordered him to attend a ‘thinking skills course’, put him on probation for a year and ordered him to pay £85 prosecution costs.
Pardeep Kalyan, mitigating, said: “He was out with a friend. His friend told him to take the turn.”
Guy had never been out of work after leaving school at 16 but had recently suffered ‘major upheavals’, including the breakdown of a relationship and cancelling an Australian trip.
Mr Kalyan added: “He has recently started a new position, one where he believes there are prospects.”