A CAR was wrecked after the driver collided with a tree in Barnsley when he got behind the wheel after drinking.

On Saturday, roads policing officers responded to reports of a collision on the A629, near Bank Lane.

The car, a blue Ford Mondeo had left the road and become embedded in trees and shrubbery against a wall.

The driver, a man in his 30s, was breathalysed at the scene and blew 103, with the legal limit being 35.

The driver was taken to Northern General Hospital to be checked over and was extremely lucky to had only suffered minor injuries, scrapes and bruising.

Roads Policing Inspector Matt Collings said: “Passers-by, who spoke to our officers and control room staff stated ‘it was miracle’ the driver involved in this incident was still alive. We are urging people to stop thinking that it won’t happen to them. If you decide to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, you are risking your own and innocent people’s lives.

“Your reaction time is 30 per cent slower if you have consumed alcohol and that can be the difference between life and death.”

The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while over the prescribed limit of alcohol. He has since been released on police bail.