A DRINK-driver will have to ‘get on his bike to get to work’ after being banned from the roads for being more than three times over the limit.
Alan Lloyd was seen driving erratically before getting out of the Nissan Juke vehicle and going into a house in Westcliffe Way, South Shields, on January 2 by a worried witness, who alerted police.
When officers attended the address, Lloyd appeared to be in a drunken state when he answered the door.
He was taken to South Shields Police Station and gave a reading of 111 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – more than three times above the legal limit of 35mcg.
The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess alcohol at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.
He was back at the court yesterday for sentencing.
The court heard that Lloyd has been employed by Nissan for two years.
Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “He will have to literally get on his bike to get to work, 12 miles there and 12 miles back.
“He has brought it on himself, but he will have a few desperately bleak months ahead of him pedalling in all weathers.
“He is a decent, hard-working man.”
District Judge Helen Cousins said: “This is a very high reading.”
Lloyd, of Meresyde, Gateshead, was banned from driving for 26 months. He was also fined £525, ordered to pay costs of £350, and pay a victim surcharge of £52.