A HEARTBROKEN war veteran who got drunk in a Southampton club the night his girlfriend dumped him was caught more than three times the drink-drive limit.

Oliver Temple went out to Oceana just hours after his girlfriend had ended their four-year relationship.

After drinking for a number of hours, the 24-year-old attempted to drive to his home in Winchester.

But the former solider, who served in Afghanistan, was stopped by police in Harbour Parade – a short distance from the club.

He was found to be more than three times the drink drive limit.

Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard how the incident took place in January this year.

The court was told how Temple had received a phone call from his then girlfriend of four years, who ended the relationship and said she no longer loved him.

An upset Temple, who suffers PTSD from his service in Afghanistan, was invited to join his friends for a drink in Oceana in Southampton.

He drove down to the nightclub in his Honda Accord and parked nearby.

The court heard how Temple did not recall how many drinks he had, but admitted he was drunk when he got into his car and attempted to drive home.

When police breathalysed Temple, he had 119 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.The limit is 35.

Mitigating, Alexandra Chessum said since leaving the army Temple held a job at his dad’s company, driving privately-run ambulances.

Ms Chessum said the break-up had been “unexpected”.

She said: “They had spent Christmas together and she had been welcomed into the family. He was thinking about proposing to her, but on January 9 he received the call, telling him it was over.”

Sentencing him to a six month community order, magistrates described Temple’s offending as “serious”.

Alongside a community order, Temple, of Cromwell Road, Winchester, was banned from driving for 24 months and ordered to complete 50 hours of unpaid work.