Drink-driver’s ‘absolute stupidity’ earns him two-year ban



An act of “absolute stupidity” led to a South Tyneside man being banned from the roads for two years after he admitted drink-driving.

Tony Brook, 22, was spotted by police driving erratically while using his car for a short journey home after drinking at the pub.

He was stopped by officers in his Vauxhall Corsa in Whitburn, and recorded a positive roadside test.

Brook, of Marsden Avenue, Whitburn, was arrested and recorded an alcohol reading of 93 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – nearly three times the legal limit of 35.

Brook pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle while above the alcohol limit at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “Officers saw he was driving erratically and swerving across the road.

“He was stopped and recorded a positive roadside test. He was approaching three times the legal limit.”

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “He went to the pub after finishing work, and made the bad decision to drive the relatively short distance home.

“He is regretful and remorseful and co-operated fully with the police.

“He is aware of the absolute stupidity of what he did.”

The court heard that Brook is set to lose his job as a result of the driving ban, which is his first court conviction.

District Judge Helen Cousins handed Brook a 24-month driving disqualification.

He was also ordered to complete 40 hours of unpaid work, and to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

Brook was told he will be eligible to take a drink- driver rehabilitation course, which would cut the ban by a quarter.


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