A MOTORIST has been banned from the roads for more than three years after being caught drinking and driving for the second time.
Jordan Gray was stopped by police in Galsworthy Road, South Shields, behind the wheel while more than two times over the alcohol limit on January 24.
The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to the offence at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard that he was not insured to drive the vehicle at the time of the offence.
Gray, of Gorse Avenue, South Shields, also pleaded guilty to a charge of driving without insurance.
He also admitted a charge of failing to surrender to the court after failing to show up when the hearing was initially set on Tuesday.
John McGlone, defending, said: “Police stopped the vehicle on Galsworthy Road.
“The defendant was exhibiting signs of being intoxicated.
“He was arrested and recorded a breath test reading of 71 mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, over two times above the legal limit.”
Kate Lewis, defending, said Gray had failed to turn up for his initial court appearance as he had lost his bail sheet and mistakenly thought he was due before magistrates on March 14.
Gray was banned from driving for a total of 40 months.
District Judge Cousins fined Gray £73 for the drink-driving offence. He was fined the same amount for failing to appear at court.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.
No separate penalty was issued for the driving without insurance offence.