Drink-driving leads to ban for Jarrow bar boss

Court News
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A PUB boss has been banned from driving for 20 months for getting the behind the wheel of a car while more than twice the legal alcohol limit.

After a Christmas night out with his girlfriend, Jordan Clements decided to drive her car home because he didn’t have enough money for a taxi, a court heard.

The 19-year-old, a bar manager at the Lakeside Inn in Fellgate, Jarrow, was spotted by police as he drove through South Shields in the early hours of Boxing Day.

When stopped, Clements, of Petworth Close, South Shields, admitted that the car belonged to his girlfriend and that he was not insured to drive it.

The teenager recorded a reading of 77mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath when tested at South Shields police station, more than double the legal limit of 35mcg.

He admitted drink-driving and driving without insurance at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court and, besides being banned from the road, was fined £175 by district judge Helen Cousins.

Neil Fodor, prosecuting, said: “At 3.50am on Boxing Day, police saw a blue Renault Clio being driven through South Shields.

“The manner of the driving caused concern, so they followed the car from Western Approach to Victoria Street, until it stopped in Maxwell Street.

“Clements was given a roadside breath test, which led to him being arrested. He said the car belonged to his girlfriend, who was in the front passenger seat.

“When asked if he was insured to drive the vehicle, he said no.”

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He has entered an immediate guilty plea.

“He has made a bad calculation in terms of how much alcohol he had consumed and regarding his ability to drive. He was polite, co-operative, frank and open with the police.

“Sadly he has destroyed his good character. He has no previous matters against him whatsoever.”

Mr Brown added: “He is a bar manager at the Lakeside public house and, during the summer holidays, is a play worker for South Tyneside Council.

“He has made a mistake, a gross misjudgement, and he will suffer because of that.”

Clements told the court he had decided to drive as he didn’t have enough money for a taxi.

He was told he will be able to take a rehabilitation course, which would reduce his sentence by five months if completed.

As well as a £175 fine, Clements must also pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.

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