Drink-driver caught in dad’s car without licence, insurance or lights on – after already being banned

File picture of police drink drive test
File picture of police drink drive test

A motorist has been banned from the roads for more than three years after being caught while over the drink-drive for the second time.

Magistrates heard that Steven Slesser still hadn’t reapplied for his driving licence after his previous disqualification in November 2012 and had no insurance cover when he was spotted driving his father’s Nissan Juke car in the early hours of the morning by keen-eyed cops.

I’m sorry. I didn’t think I was over the limit

Steven Slesser.

They pulled over the 29-year-old as he was driving without his headlights on – but three motoring crimes then came to light.

Slesser was arrested after failing a roadside breath test and recorded a reading of 70mcg of alcohol in breath – double the legal limit of 35mcg.

Slesser, of Wear Court, South Shields, admitted driving with excess alcohol, driving otherwise than in accordance with the licence and driving without insurance, at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Katherine Hannah, prosecuting, said: “At 3am on August 31, police were at the entry of the crematorium on John Reid Road when one officer’s attention was drawn to a Nissan Juke which didn’t have its headlights illuminated and only had its daytime lights running.

“He failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.”

Slesser, who was unrepresented at court, told magistrates: “I’m sorry. I didn’t think I was over the limit. I didn’t realise I had to reapply for my licence.

Slesser was banned from driving for 42 months, hit with a £350 fine and must pay a criminal courts charge of £150, costs of £85 and a £35 victim surcharge.