A MAN who crashed after driving under the influence told cops, “I’m so happy I never ruined anyone’s family”.

Peter Milne was behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol or drugs on April 16 this year.

He appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court for sentencing.

The court heard that a woman was within her home in Castlemilk, when she saw Milne driving slowly at 5.25am.

She heard a loud bang and saw the car colliding into plastic bollards before coming to a stop.

The prosecutor said: “The accused exited the vehicle and made off. He appeared unsteady on his feet.

“The witness called police as she thought he was under the influence of alcohol. Police attended and found the offender’s vehicle abandoned and insecure with damage to the front of it.”

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Police observed damage to another vehicle, a Vauxhall Astra, which was parked on the opposite side of the road.

Cops then traced Milne, who was found carrying his car keys.

The prosecutor added: “He was unable to answer questions and was slurring his words. An unknown pill, with the appearance of street Valium, was recovered from his jacket pocket. He was cooperative with police and admitted driving at the time of the collision.

“He was informed he was subject to a medical examination, with the results showing that he was under the influence of drink or drugs.

“In response to caution and charge, the accused said, ‘I’m so happy that I never hit anyone or ruined anyone’s family’.”

Milne’s solicitor told the court that his client made a “rash decision”.

The lawyer added: “He has been involved in drugs and alcohol since a very early age. I would suggest imposing a community based disposal that will offer him some help.”

Sheriff Daniel Kelly placed Milne, of Castlemilk, under social work supervision for 12 months and ordered him to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work within the community.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years.