A MECHANIC has been banned from the roads after he was caught drink-driving in South Tyneside.
Police in East Boldon saw Scott Cooper driving in the middle of the road and swerving to avoid parked cars in Sunderland Road.
When they stopped the 26-year-old, he failed a breath test and was arrested.
Cooper, of Pit Row, Plains Farm, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to drink-driving at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard he had 56mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35mg.
Ian Haq, defending, said: “He is a man with no previous convictions, and a clean driving licence. He is a mechanic and was told that if he loses his licence, he will lose his job.
“I had to break the bad news to him that a conviction for drink-driving means an automatic ban.”
Magistrates banned Coo-per from driving for 12 months and fined him £110.
He was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.