Driver banned after police saw car ‘swerving’ through South Shields town centre

Thompson had a breath alcohol reading of 81.
Thompson had a breath alcohol reading of 81.

A drink driver has lost his licence after police saw his van swerving in the road.

Nathan Thompson, 26, was on his way home through South Shields town centre at about 9pm when he was seen by a police patrol, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “He was driving along King Edward Road and the attention of the officers was drawn to the Ford Transit van because it was swerving from side to side.

“The driver stopped when indicated to do so. He was later found to have a breath alcohol reading of 81. The legal limit is 35.”

Thompson, of Lizard Lane, South Shields, admitted driving with excess alcohol on April 27.

Representing himself, Thomson told the bench: “It was a daft thing to do, I need the van for work. I got caught, so I’ve got to accept the punishment.”

Thompson was banned from driving for 18 months, and ordered to pay £503 in fines and costs.