Sozzled doctor crashes car in torrential rain – with his convertible ROOF down!

A BOOZED-UP doctor was caught FOUR times over the drink limit after crashing his car in pouring rain – with the roof top down.

GP Richard Holmes, had only stopped drinking hours before jumping in his car and heading into surgery.

The 55-year-old was said to have staggered out of his flash Saab after smashing it into the back of another car.

A court heard the doctor had been drinking wine the night before and into the early hours of the morning just four hours before shunting into the back of the other motor in East Boldon, South Tyneside.

Holmes admitted driving with excess alcohol and was slapped with a 26-week electronically tagged curfew.

He was also banned from driving for three years at South Tyneside Magistrates Court.

"Police noted Holmes eyes were glazed, he smelt of alcohol," Prosecutor Jonathan Moore said.

"They had asked him when he had last had alcohol, he said at 5am"

"He said he had drank a quarter of a bottle of wine and had a bottle of night previous."

Geoffrey Forrester defending said Holmes drinking problem had crept up on him as a result of his stressful job.

"It has taken this incident to make him realise the grip alcohol has taken on him and as soon as this happened he has taken steps to address that issue."

Holmes was suspended from work and is seeking help from the NHS alcohol support service.