South Shields delivery driver loses job after getting caught drink-driving

John Reid Road, South Shields.
John Reid Road, South Shields.

A professional driver has lost his job after 14 years with the same company after we was caught drunk behind the wheel.

Anthony Manson, 44, was on his way to work at JR Holland in Gateshead when he was stopped on John Reid Road in South Shields on August 21, Sunderland magistrates heard.

The consequences of a little bit too fast and after the night before leads to the loss of everything he was worked for over the last 14 years

Jason Smith, defending

Prosecutor Ember Wong said police were conducting speed checks when they spotted Manson’s Vauxhall Corsa at 4.40am.

Miss Wong said: “The Corsa was driving at excessive speed and the officer stopped the vehicle.

“On speaking to him, he noticed the driver smelled of alcohol.

“As a result, the defendant was breath tested, the reading being 61 microgrammes in a 100ml specimen of breath.”

Manson, of Temple Green, South Shields, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Jason Smith, defending, said: “Anthony was driving the morning after drinking the night before.

“He is utterly devastated by what’s happened.

“He has worked for JR Holland for 14 years – since August 21, 2003 – as a delivery driver, so you can imagine that unfortunately for Anthony the consequences of this offence are far worse for him than anyone coming before the court who is unemployed – because after today he loses his job as a delivery driver after 14 years.

“JR Holland has written a character reference saying what a fantastic nature Anthony has but they do not unfortunately have any other work for him.

“On this day, Anthony was running a little late. He was on his way to work and he drove a little bit too fast.

“The consequences of a little bit too fast and after the night before leads to the loss of everything he was worked for over the last 14 years.”

Bench chairman John Lee said: “You made a catastrophic error of judgement in driving so soon after consuming alcohol the night before, and, unfortunately you have to take the consequences we’ve heard about.”

Manson was fined £120 and was told to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge. He was banned from driving for 17 months.