A MOTORIST made the wrong call after being spotted speaking on his mobile phone while driving past a police officer on patrol.
Robert Adams was travelling along Western Approach in South Shields when the officer saw him holding the phone to his right ear.
When stopped, the 42-year-old admitted using the phone and said he had been answering a call from his boss.
Adams, of Tadema Road, South Shields, was not present for the hearing into the offence at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The matter was found proved in his absence and he was hit with a fine of £175 and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20 – a total of £280.
James Long, prosecuting, said: “A police officer was on duty on Tuesday, October 1 on Western Approach in South Shields when he saw a male driving a Nissan Primastar along Western Aproach, towards Tyne Dock.
“He had a mobile phone in his right hand and was holding it to his right ear. He was stopped and said I know that I was using my phone, it was my boss ringing”.
Adams’ license was also endorsed with three penalty points.