A YOUNG driver led police on a chase through the streets of Poole after drinking Prosecco with friends before getting behind the wheel, a court has heard.

A member of the public reported a suspected drink driver in Stanley Green Road on December 22. Police attended and tried to pull over the Vauxhall Vectra, which was being driven by 25-year-old Alexander Barry.

However, Barry then drove off at speed. Officers pursued and after a short while saw the Vectra pulling into the car park of B&Q.

He was arrested and taken into custody, where he failed to provide a specimen of breath, and gave no medical reason for doing so.

Barry, of Quay Road in Winchester, appeared at Poole Magistrates' Court on Tuesday to admit failing to stop when required and failing to provide a specimen.

A letter written by the defendant was read aloud to the court.

In it, he said he had found his experience with the police "terrifying and shameful".

"I consider myself to be responsible, hard-working and studious," he said.

"I am sorry for all the trouble my stupidity has caused."

Magistrates disqualified Barry from driving for 18 months and fined him £585. He must also pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £58.