Driver was two times over limit

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GOOD intentions went horribly wrong’ for a driver who answered a plea for help from his girlfriend.

Gary Cavanagh, 35, was found to be twice over the drink-drive limit after being stopped driving a Volkswagen Golf by police in Crossgate, South Shields, at 1.25am on March 25.

Cavanagh, of Alanbrooke, in Hebburn, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while above the alcohol limit at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

He had gone to collect his girlfriend after she had been turned away by taxi drivers for being too drunk.

Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “He was given a roadside breath test which he failed and recorded a reading of 71 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath at the police station.

Defending, Valerie Bell said Cavanagh had consumed a couple of drinks and had taken his girlfriend to a takeaway to get some water before getting back in the car and being spotted by police.

She said: “Mr Cavanagh has lost his job and is now unable to maintain his mortgage payments. It has had a tremendous impact on him and he bitterly regrets what happened.”

Cavanagh was disqualified from driving for 18 months.

He was also was fined £145, with court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.