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.