A MOTORIST caught drink-driving by police in the early hours of the morning has been handed a one-year ban from the roads.
Arkasdiusz Halejak was stopped at 1.55am while going along Toner Avenue in Hebburn on Sunday, December 8, by officers who became suspicious of his driving.
The 32-year-old, of Mountbatten Avenue, Hebburn, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess alcohol at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “At 1.55am, a Honda Civic car was seen veering across the white lines on the road.
“The driver was stopped and a roadside breath test was taken.”
Halejak recorded a reading of 51mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – above the legal limit of 35mcg.
Ian Haq, defending, said: “He is a man without prior convictions.
“He was above the legal limit, but was not in a drunken state.
“He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, and would like to take the drink-driving rehabilitation course.”
Halejak was given a 12-month driving disqualification by magistrates.
He was also fined £550 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £55, making a court bill of £690.