Drinker’s 30-second journey earns him a driving ban

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AN ill-judged decision to take a 30-second car journey home ended in an 18-month driving ban for a South Tyneside IT worker.

Lee Fawcett, 20, of Lavender Grove, Jarrow, parked up at the town’s Fellgate Metro station on the morning of Friday, January 31, before travelling to work in Newcastle.

After finishing work he drank five pints of Carling lager with friends and then travelled back home on the Metro.

But instead of leaving his vehicle in the car park overnight he drove it the short journey home.

That proved a costly error after his Renault Clio collided with a parked Seat Ibiza just yards from his front door.

He then drove off and parked up outside his home.

Police later attended Fawcett’s home and he was found to have a breath-alcohol reading of 72 mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – more than twice the legal limit.

At an appearance before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court this week he admitted drink-driving, failing to stop after a road accident and failing to report a road accident.

He was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £240 and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victims surcharge of £24.

Charles Carr, defending, said: “Unfortunately, this is one of these sad cases where a young man goes out, has a drink and makes a bad decision when he gets back to his car.

“He should have walked home. He accepts that now and is extremely sorry for that. Up until today this was a man of previous good character, and now he’s going to have to pay the penalty.

“He comes from a good home, has a good job, and I don’t expect to see him before these courts again.”


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