Ex-Army man was twice over drink-driving limit after night out

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A man has paid the price for drink driving following a night out.

Dillinger Holguin, 23, of Collin Avenue, South Shields, pleaded guilty to driving over the limit at South Tyneside Magistrates Court yesterday.

Prosecutor Andrew White told the court how Holguin was followed by police who noticed he was driving a silver Ford Focus “at speed” along Riverslea Road, at 1.30am on August 13.

He said Police spoke to the defendant and noticed he slurred his words, his eyes were glazed and he smelled of alcohol.

Holguin was breathalysed and police found he had 79 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millimetres of breath. The limit is 35.

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: ”He is a young man who has just come out of the Army. He had a few drinks with friends on the Coast Road and made the silly decision to drive his car back. It was a mistake and he will pay the consequences for it.”

Holguin was disqualified from driving for 20 months and fined £365.