A MOTORIST said he had “no excuses” after being caught over the drink-drive limit.
Stephen Payne was stopped by police on Newcastle Road, South Shields, at 3am on Thursday, January 9.
He recorded a breath test reading of 54mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – one-and-a-half times above the legal limit of 35.
It was also found that he did not have insurance for the Vauxhall Vectra vehicle he was driving.
Payne, of Richmond Road, in South Shields, represented himself in court.
He admitted both offences and told magistrates: “It was totally out of character, utter stupidity on my part.
“I didn’t think I was drunk, but that isn’t an excuse.
The 37-year-old added that he had believed he was insured at the time, but again conceded it was no excuse.
Payne was given a 12-month driving ban, fined £110 and ordered to pay costs of £85, as well as a victim surcharge of £15.