Banned drink-driver spared jail despite knocking down pedestrian

BANNED ... Ryan Mason.
BANNED ... Ryan Mason.

A MOTORIST who knocked over a woman after downing two vodkas before getting behind the wheel of a car despite not having a driving licence, has been banned.

Ryan Mason was told his actions could have had “significant consequences” after the woman escaped with only minor injuries in the crash, on Western Approach, in South Shields.

The 26-year-old had no driving licence or insurance and was one-and-a-half times over the limit when given a breath test.

Mason, of South Eldon Street, South Shields, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, driving with no insurance and otherwise in accordance with the licence at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that Mason had a previous conviction for aggravated vehicle taking and driving with no insurance in 2011, and was given a driving disqualification for that matter.

James Long, prosecuting, said: “At 5pm on Saturday, April 12, a pedestrian was knocked over by a vehicle, fortunately suffering only minor injuries.

“Police received a report from an eye-witness who said he was driving along Western Approach, near Lidl, when the defendant’s vehicle overtook him at some speed, and approached the roundabout, before breaking sharply and colliding with a pedestrian who was crossing the road.

“Police and the ambulance service attended. He was arrested and admitted having no insurance and no licence, and said he had a couple of vodkas.”

Laura Johnson, defending, said: “Mr Mason accepts the consequences could have been more significant. Thankfully, the pedestrian only sustained minor injuries.

“He was disqualified from driving in 2011 and had not reapplied for his licence.

“He stayed at the scene with the female until police arrived and he was arrested. He made full admissions and has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

“He is a joiner and pays maintenance for his 10-month-old child.

“Thankfully, the consequences were not greater.

“He apologises and appreciates the seriousnes of the charges he could’ve faced.”

Ridley Reid, chairman of the magistrates, handed Mason a 16-month driving ban and ordered him to pay a fine of £250 for driving with excess alcohol.

He was given an additional fine of £250 for driving with no insurance, while his licence was endorsed for both the no insurance and the charge of driving otherwise than in accordance with the licence.

Mason must also pay court costs of £85 and a £25 victim surcharge, making a total court bill of £610.

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