Hebburn charity boss banned from the road after drink-drive crash

Drink driver Ronald Rogan
Drink driver Ronald Rogan

A CHARITY boss from South Tyneside who crashed his car while more than three times the drink-drive limit has been banned from the roads for over two years.

Ronald Rogan, who works as a service manager for Mencap, had downed a bottle of wine and also drank lager before being involved in a collision on Victoria Road East, in Hebburn.

He admitted he had drank a bottle of wine and consumed lager before getting in the car.

Prosecutor Katherine Hannah

The 52-year-old was spotted in the middle of the road next to his Mini car by a police officer and failed a roadside breath test.

He was arrested and recorded a reading of 109mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – above the legal limit of 35mcg.

Rogan, of Bonnar Court, Hebburn, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Katherine Hannah, prosecuting, said: “At 9.15pm on Friday, June 12. a police officer in a marked police vehicle came across the defendant’s vehicle in the middle of the road.

“It had signs of being in a traffic collision. The defendant was next to the car.

“He admitted he had drank a bottle of wine and consumed lager before getting in the car.”

Ian Haq, defending, said: “He fully admitted the offence in police interview. He collided with street furniture but he does not attribute this to drinking, he says he suffered a panic attack at the time.”

Rogan was banned from driving for 26 months and must pay a £700 fine as well as a criminal court charge of £150, a victim surcharge of £70 and costs of £40.